Students in the MSO Middle School classroom participate in the Montessori Model UN program. Every second year, a group of seventh and eighth graders travel to New York, accompanied by teachers, for the global education simulation experience.
Maria Montessori supported the work of the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations, as a forum where peace could be created. She recognized the hope for peace lay in the education of children.
The Model United Nations program was developed for students in high school and universities to learn about the work of the UN by doing it, as well as learning important life skills. The Montessori Initiative and M:The Magazine for Montessori Families have partnered with the United Nations to create a Montessori Model United Nations so that students at the sensitive period for reason, justice and morality can participate in a life-changing experience.
The Montessori Model United Nations program culminates classroom or after school study with a two-day global education simulation experience at the United Nations that enables students in upper elementary and middle schools to learn about the operations of the United Nations and its role as the world’s largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. In addition, like the high school and university Model United Nations Programs, MMUN provides students from 9-15 years of age an opportunity to:
Through the process of role-playing, each student becomes a delegate of a selected nation. Students write, present and debate issues affecting their nation and peoples of the world. By assuming the character of a citizen of their selected country, they fully develop an understanding of the needs of a people and the importance of accepting differences.