17 Mar Tenth Annual Montessori Model hits milestone
Kudos to Montessori for Leadership Initiative
TENTH ANNUAL MONTESSORI MODEL HITS MILESTONE OF 25,000 STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS IMPACTED IN 30 NATIONS
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (March 15, 2016) – The tenth annual Montessori Model UN held in New York City March 9-12 not only inspired 2,000 student delegates from 20 nations gathered to tackle 24 of the world’s most challenging issues through collaboration, but also marked a milestone of positively impacting 20,000 students and 5000 teachers and parents from 30 nations who’ve participated in its program.
“What’s amazing about the 2,000 students and 500 teachers at this year conference is that each represented 10 students or teachers who came before them,” according to Judith Cunningham, Executive Director of MMUN. “Our global network continues to grow and inspire youth in 30 plus nations in an effort to create a better world.”
MMUN 2016 Conference Highlights:
The tenth annual conference highlights included:
- Solar Light Bulb Donation: To celebrate the milestone and help solve a world issue, MMUN donated 20,000 solar light bulbs, one for each of the students that has participated in the conference in its history, to deserving countries including Grenada, Malawi, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and El Salvador. More than one billion people – nearly one fifth of the globe – live without electric light. The donation was made in partnership with Global Governance for the UNSDGs, NOKERO and DIV-ENERGY Group and supported by Friends for Good Health and the Jack Brewer Foundation. The light bulbs will last 10 years, take six to eight hours of sunlight to charge and provide eight hours of light, giving families more opportunities for education.
- Shine the Light Moments: At both Opening and Closing Ceremonies, students raised the solar light bulbs they were given in a powerful gesture representing both the internal and external light they have to offer the world. It was the first time in UN history that the lights have been dimmed inside the General Assembly Hall where world ambassadors vote on issues.
- Resolutions: Delegates passed more than 50 resolutions on topics including eradicating child labor, reducing water pollution, migration and the right to mobility, and cyber security.
- Entertainment: Humanitarian and entertainer Honorebel performed for the second year in a row at the Friday night social events, playing many of his hits as well as new songs to the delight of the attendees.
Eye to the Future
“Children are disproportionately affected by world’s problems and we believe that all children have much to offer and much to learn,” said Cunningham. “At Montessori Model UN, we take global issues and bring them down to the personal level, then empower children with the tools and knowledge they need to problem solve.”
Montessori Model UN is open to all schools public and private, parochial and charter. This year’s NYC conference sold out in its first week.
Upcoming Conference 2016
Santiago, Chile April 27-30
Midwest Conference, Ft Wayne, Indiana May 9-10
Rome Conference. Rome, Italy May 17-20
About Montessori Model UN:
Montessori Model UN (MMUN) is the only international Model UN program meeting the needs of students 9-15 years old, which is the critical age for learning social justice, reason and morality. For more information, visit: http://www.montessori-mun.org.