British School Manila held last April 15 and 16 their younger Model United Nations (MUN). Where students shine and enter into research and debate about pressing national and international issues. MUN allows students with a passion for world affairs to expand their knowledge and understanding and also develop their articulating skills, public speaking while applying their acquired knowledge.
Their students debated in a variety of topics such as the containment of the Zika virus, the consumption of fossil fuels, LGBT rights and the Question of Syria. There was even a sci-fi themed debate – as aliens had made contact with the Earth and a variety of proposals were put forward to deal with this new global development. These debates were issues that the students themselves voted to address during their conference.
They now have some 200 students on average participate in MUN and they host a number of major events – these are student-led events that give opportunities for students to learn leadership and let their abilities flourish throughout the conference – which is another great aspect of the programme.
MUN has now become a model they are using in the classroom and they would like to congratulate all of their MUN(ers) who have been involved over the past year. The fact that their MUN clubs have grown exponentially for the last 4 years as they introduced the Middle Year MUN to Year 6 to 9 is something they are very proud of. The number of students who are expanding their understanding of others’ thoughts, researching the values and attitudes of a particular country and presenting that country’s views in committee meetings and to a general assembly is amazing.