We are very proud to announce that our school was invited to take part in the SEKMUN XVII (United Nations Model). This event took place in Madrid and the students had the opportunity to visit emblematic places such as the Spanish Senate, where the Opening Ceremony of this event was held. The main venue for the SEKMUN, however, was Camilo José Cela University.

There are hundreds of MUNs around the world. Model United Nations (MUN) is an educational simulation that offers students an opportunity to experience diplomacy, international relations, and the actual United Nations. It is a platform designed to simulate the workings of the United Nations, with students acting as diplomats representing countries and debating global issues.

Students participating in an MUN conference can benefit in a multitude of ways. Firstly, it provides an ideal opportunity for students to overcome the fear of public speaking. Moreover, the ability to debate, negotiate and defend their views in front of a larger audience can help students develop their confidence in public speaking.

Furthermore, MUN events bring together students from different schools, cities, and countries. As participants engage with delegates from various backgrounds and cultures, they develop lifelong friendships, learn new communication skills, and broaden their horizons. MUN offers students an opportunity to think critically, creatively, and strategically.

Another significant benefit of participating in MUN conferences is that it enhances students’ knowledge of international relations, current affairs, and global issues. MUN encourages students to research, analyse, and reflect on real-world problems, such as climate change, human rights, and international trade. This exposure to complex global issues can assist students in sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills, making them better decision-makers and problem solvers. All of this, of course, in English!

In conclusion, participating in MUN events can be an incredibly enriching experience for students. Beyond its primary aim of promoting diplomacy and international cooperation, it offers an opportunity for growth in personal and intellectual spheres. The benefits of participating in MUN are abundant and long-lasting, preparing students for successful futures beyond the classroom walls.

Paula Gil