The Christ's Hospital Model United Nations (MUN) team debates international affairs at conferences across the country and organises its own for students from other schools.
MUN aims to build an understanding of current global challenges amongst the next generation of world leaders and thinkers, while developing the skills that young people require to work and live in a globalised world.
Students take on the role of diplomats and political leaders, and debate global issues by participating in simulations of international diplomatic forums such as the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly.
Participants develop and promote their own solutions to pressing world problems, negotiating for support for their ideas with other young people from across the world.
MUN offers a unique opportunity for students to improve the skills they acquire in the classroom alongside those they have developed in other co-curricular activities including:
- Negotiation, consensus building, dispute resolution and diplomacy
- Responsibility and independent learning
- Cultural empathy and understanding alternative viewpoints
- Research and the effective assimilation of information
- Building relationships rapidly with students from other cultures and nationalities
- Leadership, persuasion and influencing others
- Confidence and self-reliance
MUN is open to students in the GE Year (Year 11) and above who are likely to benefit from the programme and who have some of the skills necessary for successful participation. Like all school squads, membership of the MUN team is selective and demand for places is high. Students are required to complete a selection task before joining the team, which tests ability to cope with the challenges of the MUN programme, as well as likely benefits from participation.