February 10, 2015
Students from Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover, Maryland will be representing Morocco at the annual Montessori Model UN (MMUN) to be held in New York City from March 25-28. The students, ranging in age from 9-11 for the Upper Elementary Program and 12-13 for the Middle School, are currently participating in an after-school research program in preparation for the upcoming conference.
The MMUN seeks to inspire youth to engage on “current issues affecting people of the world. By assuming the perspectives of a citizen of their selected countries, MMUN students not only develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, but also learn to respect the cultures, the political views, and the belief system of others.
The group from the Hoyer school hopes to do just that. Each student has chosen to participate as an “ambassador” at the MMUN out of a desire to become involved in global learning. As their faculty advisor has noted, “Our team is a group of highly idealistic and hardworking children who are committed to having their voices be heard not only in the national arena but in the international scene as well. They believe that children have a voice that can determine what type of future they are willing to have.”
The students — who will also be representing Indonesia – are in the midst of learning about Morocco’s position at the UN on a host of issues, including peace and security, human rights, the environment, and economic development, among others.
For more information about the project, you can visit their website.