The Montessori Model United Nations program provides Lamplighter students real-world experience to teach about the critical role of the United Nations. It introduces them to the process of negotiation, finding consensus, and presenting findings. Lamplighter students in 4th - 8th grades can apply each July to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations Honors Program. Upon acceptance, students attend weekly honors club meetings to do the heavy lifting of preparing their Model UN position paper. A corresponding fee pays for the MMUN conference that students attend, along with upwards of 2,500 other students from around the globe. 

Montessori Model United Nations has partnered with the United Nations to create a program for Montessori students. While in the sensitive period for reason, justice, and morality, they can participate in a life-changing experience. The MMUN program culminates after school studies with a two-day global education simulation experience at the United Nations. Participants learn about the United Nations operations and its role as the most significant international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. 

Goals of the MMUN Honors Program:

  • Learn about cultures, governments, and peoples of nations throughout the world.

  • Use research skills, writing skills, and written & oral communication skills.

  • Develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and evaluative skills.

  • Debate current global issues and world problems.

  • Practice and use leadership skills in a real-life global situation.

  • Understand the need for peacekeeping efforts throughout the world and simultaneously build conflict resolution and debate skills.

Through the process of role-playing, each student becomes a delegate of a selected nation. They draft resolutions, present findings, and debate issues that affect not only their nation but also the world's people. By assuming the character of a citizen of their selected country, they fully develop an understanding of the needs of a people and the importance of accepting differences.

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Lamplighter Montessori School has taken delegates to
New York to particpate in the Model United Nations for
the past 8 years.