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Model United Nations Simulation Program opens new possibilities in education
Schools worldwide follow a particular trend based on various researches, academic journals and own experiences. Many new trends and practices come in and old go out, however, few things remain unchanged in schooling.

One unchanged aspect is to develop leadership qualities in students through various ways, courses and training modules introduced time to time. But now-a-days with Model United Nations (MUN) Simulation is catching the attention of many elite schools all across India especially in metropolitan areas.

MUN Simulation is an academic model /simulation of UNO to help students understand various global issues relevant to current scenario. And one of the major skills students are able to achieve is leadership quality. Other areas of improvement are public speaking, debating, writing, critical thinking and team work. Needless to say, such programs boost the confidence level of students in facing diverse situations.

In general educational institutions or schools / colleges initiate to organize such events at institutional level or inter-school or college level. The higher level may go up to international arena where students of various countries sit together to run international simulation of UNO proceedings.

The organizing institutions select the relevant but current topics from within issues raised in United Nations Forum and it is selected based on the country's priorities on any issue.

The event run for one to three days is subject to number of participants attending as delegates of the meeting and number of committees formed to undertake various UN proceedings as per UN rules.

The most interesting part is that all the proceedings are done same as UN follows in its meetings. Like election of President of general assembly, appointment of Secretary General or proceeding of various UN bodies and conducting votes on particular issues.

Students participating as delegate get the opportunity to learn many pertinent issues of the world and how such issues are affecting the society at large. Various protocols are adopted and it helps student learn diplomacy, international working culture and knowledge of how government or parliament are run. The concept of democracy is also part of learning for students.

Some of the topics are ever green and first choice of students including environment, peace and conflicts. Topics form millennium development goals and new sets of sustainable development goals are also considered for discussion.

One of the MUN events that is going to be held at Saraswati World School, Hooghly, in eastern India is focusing on environment, peace & conflicts resolution, human rights, global citizen education and education for all.

In nutshell MUN simulation event gives a different level of experience to students which helps young mind to think beyond classroom.

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