Written by: Isid Spaho, Individuals and Societies Teacher, IBDP Global Politics Teacher, MUN Director.
The Model United Nations (MUN) club is the largest club at BFIS, currently comprising around 80 students. It serves as a platform for students to engage in simulated diplomatic experiences mirroring real United Nations conferences. Participants assume roles as delegates representing various countries, debating global issues, and crafting resolutions. Experiential learning, one of our school’s main focuses, lies at the core of the MUN club.
The MUN club not only complements but exemplifies our commitment to hands-on, immersive learning. MUN conferences replicate real-world diplomatic scenarios, providing students with firsthand experiences of international relations. Engaging in diplomatic simulations allows them to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting, fostering a deeper understanding of global affairs.
Maria Belousova, BFIS MUN General Secretary
Students actively engage in debates, negotiations, and public speaking, honing their communication and negotiation skills. They learn to articulate ideas effectively, negotiate diplomatically, and collaborate with peers from diverse backgrounds, enhancing their ability to work in diverse teams.
Benefits to Students
The club offers numerous benefits to students. Firstly, it fosters in-depth knowledge of international affairs, diplomacy, and critical thinking. Through extensive research and preparation for conferences, members gain a deeper understanding of global problems and the complexities of international relations.
In the past years, the club has not only participated in both local and international conferences, but they have also hosted the BFIS Model UN conference with local, and international schools present. International conferences offer a broader scope for engagement, exposing students to a more diverse range of perspectives and global issues. Attending these conferences enables students to network with peers from different cultures, broadening their worldview and encouraging cross-cultural understanding.
Participation in the MUN club also provides ample opportunities for leadership development. Members take on various roles within the club, such as organizing events, leading debates, and mentoring newer delegates. These responsibilities empower students to refine their leadership, organizational, and managerial skills, preparing them for future leadership roles.
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