What is MUN?
Model United Nations, MUN for short, are conferences for students based on what takes place at the United Nations (UN). There are hundreds of conferences worldwide to participate in and students attend as delegates representing members of the UN. During the conferences, the delegates sit on committees and discuss topics which are relevant in the UN at that time. Strict debating and voting rules are followed. Conferences are usually held in English.
Ayalde and MUN?
MUN was introduced into Ayalde during the school year 2012-2013 by the teacher Nicola Dignum. It started with a group of five girls preparing to attend the annual conference at Royal Russell School in Croydon in October 2014.
Since then, Ayalde has attended the Royal Russell conference again in October 2015, this time with ten students. Currently, there are 27 students preparing for a training workshop to be held on 23 January at Ayalde in collaboration with the American School of Bilbao. Those 27 students will then start preparing to attend two conferences later this year. 16 will be attending PORGMUN in Prague in April and 11 will be going to Royal Russell in October.
Up to now, preparation for conferences has mainly been taking place in the students’ break times and after school. However, from September 2016 one of the optional subjects offered in 4th ESO will include MUN preparation for conferences as part of its syllabus.
October 18 -21 2014: Royal Russell School IMUN, Croydon, UK with 5 students.
October 17 – 21 2015: Royal Russell School IMUN, Croydon, UK with 10 students.
January 23 2016: Ayalde / American School of Bilbao Mini Conference, Bilbao, Spain with 27 students.
April 7 – 10 2016: PORGMUN, Prague with 16 students.
May 28 2016: Ayalde / American School of Bilbao Mini Conference, Bilbao, Spain.
October 21 – 24 2016: Royal Russell School IMUN, Croydon, UK with 11 students.
January 26 – 29 2017: MUN Bilbao hosted by Colegio Ayalde.