Junior Model United NationS
CAISL´s Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) program has the objective of aiding students in learning about current world events and in practicing their public speaking and debate skills.
JMUN, a scholastic simulation of the United Nations, teaches students about current events, civic participation, diplomacy, and conflict resolution in an increasingly globalized world. Work leading up to the conference includes in-depth research on a particular country, encompassing its relationships with neighbors, current economic interests, and stake in international debates. During the summit students attempt to solve international problems from the role of diplomats, debating both regional and global issues, all while maintaining their country´s stance.
A successful JMUN conference allows students to play the role of negotiators: making persuasive speeches, brokering agreements, and understanding disparate points of view. JMUN´s structure is rooted in that of the United Nations, whose goal is to foster international cooperation through democratic means. The JMUN experience aims to educate participants about the importance of compromise, cultural awareness, and peaceful resolutions.
CAISL’s active MUN program extends throughout the Secondary School. Debate and world issues are integrated into the Middle School curriculum and culminate with the spring´s Junior MUN Conference. MUN benchmarks are embedded into the 9th and 10th curricula and debate is practiced throughout Grades 9-12. Each November, CAISL welcomes over 350 students from schools around the world for the Iberian Model United Nations (IMUN) conference. During the conference students spend two and a half days lobbying, debating, merging resolutions and developing leadership and negotiation skills. The High School MUN participants also take part in other MUN conferences during the year including one in The Hague in January, one in Porto in April, and the Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) conference hosted by CAISL Middle School students in the spring. In JMUN the focus is on the Middle School delegates, but High School MUN veterans are involved as Committee Chairs, and Grade 5 students get their first exposure to MUN by playing the role of conference reporters.