On April 21st and 22nd 2016 the third Edition of the Model of the United Nations at the Instituto Simon Bolivar (MUN-ISB) was held. This event was organizad by the following students:
Marina Gómez Morales – General Secretary.
Vanessa Itzel Pérez Lamadrid- Subsecretary.
Evelyn Díaz del Castillo Andere – Delegates Secretariat.
Ana Karen Martínez Vázquez – Delegates Secretariat.
Daniel Torres Franco: Delegates Secretariat.
Luis Alberto Virgilio Cuesta- Media.
Ana Fernanda Olvera Juárez- Media.
Every year the Model has a motto. This year´s motto was:
“Don´t just wonder how the world should be, make things happen”
As the motto mentions, if we want to see changes in the World we should generate those changes. A Model of the United Nations is a change generator and it gives the opportunity to students to express themselves and give solutions to Worldwide problems in an atmosphere of friendliness, tolerance and order.
MUN-ISB 2016 consisted of ten councils; six in English and four in Spanish. Some of the topics discussed were: The Situation in Central African Republic, children´s rights in the digital area, drug traficking and the finance of terrorism, non-communicable diseases, resilient cities to promote climate change and the risk of disasters, just to mention some.
For the first time in three years, students from Junior High School Section from third grade participated with a lot of enthusism, dedication and compromise. Their participation showed that no matter the age when you really get involved, get interested and really take the time to investigate, everything is possible. The result of this commitment was two awards for best delegate . On the other hand, this year was a special year for MUN-ISB; due to the fact that, this was the last participation of the sixth graders who were the pioneers of this project. As this was their third year, the sixth graders showed their familiarity and some of them their experience to manage the protocol and the research process. What´s more, fifth graders could improved and reinforced abilities such as, public speaking, the use of protocol and the research process. Last but not the least, fourth graders between nervousness and uncertainty, demostrated their enthusiasm and compromise.
The following are some opinons given by some students from fifth and sixth grade:
“This message is for all those students that did not believe in this project and asked themselves what all this was going to be used for, but personally, I think that if each one of us paid more atention to what is happening around the World, we would do somenthing to change those bad things and keep the good ones. If we really would be more sensitive to what is happening outside, our future generations could have a better World to live in. Most of the times any big change starts with something very small so if everybody does his or her bit to help, in a small periodo of time we could see a huge change in the World”. (Adriana Osorio 602)
“To grow up we have to be able to be in the shoes of others. A Model of the United Nations makes us conscious and opens our eyes to see beyond.” (Evelyn Díasz del Castillo Andere 602)
“All through our life, there are experiences that touch our heart, and without any doudbt I can say a MUN does that. Most of the time, as teenagers, we can not understand what is happening in the World but… do we really care about it? When you are part of a MUN, you get the experience and knowledge to understand the problems of the World. Problems that do not affect us directly but are part of the present, our present. As a reult, it would be good that all of us understand all these situations and give a solution to most of them, otherwise we will be ashamed of the results in a very near future. I also know that we, teenagers, are the ones that have the power to raise our voices and make us hear and demand a better place to live. Having no more to say I want to thank the Instituto Simón Bolívar for giving us the opportunity to see the World in a different way.” (Juan Celis De Itta 602)
“To be part of a MUN implies to be conscious of different cultures, traditions and social situations. When you are part of a MUN you learn from yourself and also from your classmates. I feel really excited about being part of this MUN and being part of the generation that was the pioneer of this project. We have to remember that we have the power to change our present so we can enjoy the results in the future.” (Javier Ávila García 602)
“For me this Model gave me a rewarding personal experience. It helped me to be aware of different social and worldwide situations. It also showed me the abilities I have and some others that I can develope.” (Daniela Peláez López 502)
“MUN-ISB was an impressive experience. It was the first time I was part of the Chair and I could realise how our abilities, my abilities, could be developed . It also helped me to know my limits. Now, I know that I am the one who limit herself and not others. If you want to participate in a Model of the United Nations, you have to responsable, hardworker, dedicated, conscious, and to be a better person everyday. Once you participate in a MUN, it wouldn’t be correct that you do not do anything against injustice, corruption and inequality. When you pay attention to this situacions and raise your voice you start making the difference.” (Michellet Contreras Castillo 502)
Up to this year MUN-ISB has been just an Institutional Project that was born in the High School Section; however, the following years the Institute will involve the other sections and external schools. It is certain that if we do this, our Model will be improved, and we also will give the opportunity to our students to make use of all of their potential and skills and realised what they are really capable of.
Due to the fact that a Model of the United Nations promotes values such as: tolerance, respect to diversity, empathy, patience, compromise with themselves and the World around them, responsability and social consciousness, MUN-ISB finalized with the delivery of supplies from all the sections of the Institute to the Ecuadorian Embassy for the people who experinced the earthquate last April. In a near future, the Institute pretends to continue with these type of activities, to promote in our children and teenagers different values.
Teacher: Nora Fonseca Morales. High School English Teacher.