In order to strengthen the skills of debate, argumentation, discourse and negotiation, for several years we have participated in the United Nations model in which, through different techniques of debate and negotiation, the students represent member countries in the various organs of the ONU system.
This experience has allowed us to stand out internationally since our students have traveled to China (WEMUN), Harvard and Yale University to represent us.
What is the Buckingham United Nations Project about?
Our project focuses on the development of knowledge, skills, aptitudes and attitudes required to exercise a positive leadership necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflicts, and the collective formulation of policy guidelines for the common good. Students investigate and prepare to participate in simulations of the United Nations Organization, UN. These simulations generally include the five main organs of the UN, such as; the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and the International Court of Justice, some of the six special committees, and certain programs of the United Nations. The decision of which of the previous parties will make up this Model is taken by the school, which in turn assigns institutions with the countries they will represent.
Within the development of the model, delegates from each country attend their committees or bodies in order to discuss and find solutions or create initiatives for issues such as peace, security, human rights, the development of nations and mainly humanitarian issues. During the year, our students from fourth to eleventh grade attend Models outside of school and organize their own Model, BUCKMUN. At the same time, they participate in models from universities such as Yale (YMUN) and Harvard (HMUN), among others, with highly satisfactory results.
United Nations Model History
United Nations (MUN) models became very popular since 2000. However, this kind of academic exercises had been carried out since the 1920s. Harvard University developed this activity to conduct a critical study of the League of Nations. Later, in 1945, when the United Nations was created, Harvard University also officially created the Model United Nations. From that moment to the present, the Model of the United Nations has become a synonymous with new educational strategies, profoundly changing the ways of approaching Social Studies. Because of this, countries such as the Dominican Republic have adopted the United Nations Model as a strategy to develop leadership skills that allow them to face efficiently the challenges of the 21st century.
In Colombia, the United Nations Model was applied for the first time in 1982 by the New Granada School. Ever since, many Colombians have participated in this project. However, only during the last decade, there has been a significant increase in participants in these conferences, as many academic institutions have begun to participate.
At Buckingham Bilingual School, MUN began in 2005, when for the first time in the history of the school, it was sent to the San Carlos School model. Carolina Rincon was the observer who attended this conference and based on her experience, she was convinced of the importance of establishing the model at school. Later, during 2006, the group grew larger, reaching five members: Carolina Rincón from 10th grade, Ana Beliza Mercado, Catalina González, Esteban Góngora from 8th grade and Nicolás Forero Villarreal from 7th grade. During this time, Laura Gamboa, 7th grade history teacher, was in charge of coordinating the school's MUN. The following year everything changed, when Enrique Pérez entered the school as the new head of the model, turning it into a strategy to promote leadership in a globalized world.