Annual 6th Grade Trip to Montessori Model United Nations
Our sixth grade students recently embarked on a trip to New York City to participate in a unique experience at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN), marking Riverbend School’s 6th year at the event. Nearly 3,400 Montessori student delegates from around the world were in attendance, and students from five different continents participated. While on this trip students worked with their respective committees, and after each committee session recounted with much excitement their debating of issues with the other delegates.
Our students particularly enjoyed a session where they participated in a full cycle of committee sessions including speeches, caucusing, helping to write working papers, and finding ways to get their ideas into draft resolutions. The experience culminated with a realistic session at the United Nations, where delegates voted on viable resolutions.
Below is a list of the committees in which the sixth graders participated along with their areas of study:
United Nations Committees and Topic Choices
Nigeria and Papua New Guinea
|Disarmament and National Security (DISEC)||Economic and Financial (ECOFIN)||Legal|
|Nuclear Disarmament||Agriculture Development, Food Security and Nutrition||Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism|
|Preethi Ganesh (Nigeria)||Daniella (Nigeria)|
Cameron Strouse (Papua New Guinea)
|Duncan Keefe (Nigeria)|
|Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space||Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa||The Rule of Law at The National and International Levels|
|Noah Banthin (Nigeria)||Lydia Munson (Nigeria)||Michael Young (Nigeria)|
The trip was not all work – the students enjoyed a dinner at Rockefeller center and took part in a hosted MMUN social night. On Friday they were able to take advantage of the warmer weather and spend some time in Central Park and Times Square!