Students experience the intensity and rewards of dealing with global politics, researching and debating issues, drafting policy papers, and interacting with peers from different cultures and countries. In addition to honing their academic and leadership skills, students learn about cultural differences, and to view issues empathetically from multiple viewpoints.
The educational value of this simulation is to expose the students to a different type of learning experience. By participating in this type of simulation, students will:
- Sharpen problem solving techniques
- Improve research and communication skills
- Learn tolerance towards diverse groups who hold different opinions
Most Model UN conferences follow a similar structure. Students prepare for the conference by researching their delegation’s viewpoint and devising a solution (resolution) for the issues of their committee. In conference lobbying, they work with a small number of other delegates to come to a compromise on their different solutions, and submit one official resolution for their small group. During debate time, these resolutions are debated by the entire committee and voted on. If passed by the committee, the resolution may continue on to the General Assembly where all conference participants debate it.
Model UN is not just hard work. The conference itself has many enjoyable aspects, especially during lobbying and debate time. Social activities are also planned, and students quickly develop close friendships with their fellow delegates, some of whom may live in different countries.
With a present enrollment of over 600 students representing over 50 nationalities, we are a diverse and vibrant community. Approximately 40% of our students are Americans, 20% are Israelis and the remainder hail from countries from all over the world. Many of our families are in Israel with the diplomatic corps, but a substantial number of families are here with multi-national companies.