JES.MUN. A parliamentary experience

Com ja és tradició, aquest final de curs, els alumnes de 4t d’ESO han dut a terme l’activitat que s’anomena JES.MUN (JESUIT EDUCATION STYLE. MODEL UNITED NATIONS). Es tracta d’un ambiciós projecte de 7 dies de durada on es simula una assemblea general de les Nacions Unides.

| 26-06-2017

Liderat amb molta dedicació per Pedro Rivero, Consiliari General, amb l’ajuda d’altres tutors, i que engloba diferents objectius:

A)           to take on the role of delegates from specific countries worldwide,

B)           to learn about international issues related to areas that they have already studied or dealt with,

C)           to discuss these issues from the point of view of their chosen/given country, making them become more aware of other realities and views than their own, and

D)           to research and use English throughout by practising it:

1.            with the research reading materials,

2.            writing summaries, reports, a position paper and a draft resolution,

3.            making oral presentations and delivering speeches, and

4.            listening to their partner delegates’ speeches, objections, remarks and proposals.

 

72 delegates, once grouped in pairs to represent 36 countries, discuss the issues on the agenda, and try to put forward resolutions to solve the problems that the topic questions focus on by reaching reasonable consensus. The four subcommittees (9 represented countries each) debates and moderated caucus were supervised at all times and led by 8 ESO4/BAT1 staff students involved in the Erasmus+ project ‘SEE & ACT’, assisted by 3 ESO4 boys responsible for the logistics and also with the general supervision of some teachers. All 83 students have been assessed in their content research skills, work, general attitude and communicating competences.

2017’s JES.MUN, our 10th edition, has seen two main issues:

a)   What viable actions can be taken to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty?

b)   What measures should world nations take to reduce the number of terrorist attacks and their impact on a global citizenship?

 

This activity has been scheduled as follows:

6th-8th June: project presentation info, research on topics and all countries presentations and position paper writing.

9th June: Debates, alliance making and draft resolutions in subcommittees.

12th-13th June: General Assembly opening ceremony and debates, including non-moderated caucus. Two resolutions were eventually chosen and then passed with several amendments from other allliances.

14th June: Portfolio completion and evaluation forms.

 

Certificates of participation and awards were given out at a formal academic act held on 20th June. Overall satisfaction has rated very high.

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