Model United Nations (MUN) is a fast-paced simulation of the UN practiced in schools and universities around the world. The extracurricular activity engages students' skills in competitive speech and debate in the English language as well as their knowledge of the modern world and how current global issues are tackled by intergovernmental actors. By roleplaying as delegates representing various states of the UN, students engage in dialogue, debate vigorously, and forge compromises, a multiday process that culminates in a UN-style resolution to be voted on as representing the unified voice of each MUN session.
Mattliden Gymasium's MUN team is supported by Svenska kulturfonden and Aktia sparbank to travel to international simulations twice a school year, as well as to HELIMUN (hosted by Kulosaari Comprehensive school). Student delegates are thus expected to act also as cultural ambassadors, embodying Finnish values, promoting Finland Swedish culture, and representing their school in a competitive international environment.
Student delegates are trained each year and must apply to join the school's delegation. Training takes place over a roughly 10-week period, with meetings once a week after school. No prior knowledge of the MUN or subject knowledge is required or even expected, nor is there a minimum grade requirement to participate. However, prospective MUN delegates will be expected to attend training sessions. All students are therefore welcome to apply!
Kenneth Lai (teacher in English and Global politics)