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The MUN Club at CIS

The MUN club at CIS

“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” – Nelson Mandela

Staying true to the words of Nelson Mandela, the Model United Nations (MUN) club at Canadian International School (CIS) is an educational simulation in which high school students from the IBDP and the IGCSE programs, learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. The MUN club is popular mainly because it involves and teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to honing their critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. The primary goal is to engage students and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of current world issues.

Students that are part of the MUN club at CIS engage in an authentic simulation of the United Nations by learning about the system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiation. MUN team members also have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current world events!

The MUN club prepares students for the Model United Nations conferences, conducted annually at CIS. This year’s theme for the CISMUN Conference V is “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”. The committees in place include the UNSC (United Nations Security Council), DISEC (United Nations General Assembly First Committee), UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council), ESOSOC (Economic and Social Council), and Mock Indian Parliament (MIP). Assignments are presented in advance, along with the topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates are required to conduct research before the conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee. At the end of a conference, the best-performing delegations are recognized with awards.

Clubs are conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 pm to 1:50 pm at CIS and participating in a MUN club has a myriad of benefits. The club helps students learn from each other and internalize what they learn in class and deliver that information through debates. At a time of globalization, we need to encourage students to learn about the world. Representing countries other than their own helps students understand global problems and present possible solutions. This year’s CISMUN 2018 has given our students the opportunity to be directly involved in the planning and preparation for hosting the conference on campus, giving them the experience of producing a high caliber event.

The Model United Nations (MUN) club is a powerful educational tool that offers highly valuable benefits by complementing classroom learning. The goal of the MUN club at Canadian International School (CIS), a top school in Bangalore, is to help students connect and engage in current world issues to understand them and look for global solutions. Learn more about CISMUN.