Each year, 6th graders at Border Star Montessori take part in the Montessori Model United Nations program. The year culminates in March with a trip to New York to be a part of the Model UN conference. This year, the kids will be representing the Republic of India.
Students fundraise throughout the year at bake sales, school dances, movie nights, etc. The Border Star Montessori movie night featured Muppets Take Manhattan. Waldo Pizza provided pepperoni and cheese pizzas. A highlight of the evening was raffle giveaways of prizes from local Brookside businesses.
The total cost for this trip is estimated at $24,000. Part of the fees for this trip are donated by the Kansas City Public School District and the PTA. Some fees are paid by the students but $12,000-15,000 has to be made in fundraising which helps pay for airfare, hotel, and Model UN registration. Family and friends of Border Star students, as well as those who wish to give contributions to furthering diverse educational opportunities are encouraged to support this cause. Donations are accepted through the Border Star MMUN GoFundMe page.
Press release from Montessori Model United Nations:
Montessori Model United Nations has partnered with the United Nations to inspire upper elementary and middle schools Montessori students to global citizenship through classroom or after school study which culminates in a two-day global education simulation experience in New York with the final assembly at the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The goal is to inspire youth by engaging them in learning experiences where students take part in jumping out of their skin into role-playing by becoming a delegate of their chosen country. They write, present and debate real issues affecting their nation and people of the world. By assuming the character of a citizen of their selected country, they fully develop an understanding of the needs and rights of a people.
Taking on their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their UN committees will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the rights of the child, child labor, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation.
When they arrive at the MMUN Conference students transform themselves into UN Ambassadors and assume the rights and responsibilities of world leaders. Their imaginations propel them to collaboratively create resolutions to our world’s most pressing problems. MMUN encourages students to know that they can make a difference.
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