By Nafisa Hossain and Jeet Rai
Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic competition that provides an educational experience, giving students the opportunity to learn about international relations and the internal workings of the United Nations (UN). It encourages students to come together and practice critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills. Scholars gain and improve their researching skills, public speaking, debating, and writing skills through the process.
This year, MUN officially became a team, an exciting achievement for the club that has worked hard to be recognized as such for the last two years.
However, MUN had little time to celebrate their achievement, as numerous events have kept the team working tirelessly for their past and upcoming monthly conferences, like their first conference held at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on Nov. 8 and 9.
During competitions, each school’s MUN team represents a country and its real position on different world issues. The Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) MUN team represented Switzerland at the UCLA conference.
Each team attempts to resolve world matters based on the country’s view. Similar to the actual UN, there are also councils and committees, like the General Assembly and Security Council, which discuss political issues of each respective country, while also resolving any security threats, respectively.
Students are awarded depending on their ability to address their positions on an issue and debate on the resolution. Students also express their views in position papers that allow them to provide various ideas on how the committee should address the issue. Exemplary papers are qualified to earn the Best Position Award.
Each monthly conferences deals with different world issues, and since the country that the school’s MUN team represents changes with every competition, the team’s members work endlessly to keep on top of current events.
Co-presidents and seniors Serapia Kim and Kyle Alfaro, along with the other team officers, encourage novices to attend the meetings to learn the purpose of MUN and to prepare for monthly competitions.
MUN provides a great extracurricular opportunity for students. There are a variety of different issues that are dealt with, and competing provides an exciting chance to meet different people and work towards the same goal.
On Oct. 13 during fourth period, youth empowerment representatives from Tajikistan visited GHCHS to talk to the school’s MUN team and received a tour of the campus. MUN team advisor and counselor, Christopher Gimber hosted the representatives, making sure to highlight several places on campus like the College and Career Office and the cafeteria right before lunch. “MUN promotes interaction with international issues and helps offer resolutions to represent real world global problems that countries all across the world face today. As an organization, MUN promotes youth empowerment, leadership, a culture of advocacy, civic involvement, and education systems at large,” Gimber said.
Students can learn more about the MUN team on Thursdays in A8 during lunch.