So let's introduce you to some of the benefits of joining this activity:
You will gain invaluable knowledge about ethics, human rights, scientific advancement, disarmament, politics, etc.
You will become capable and confident in your knowledge
You will gain experience of participating in a large scale event
You will gain many skills that stand to you in CBAs and the Junior Cycle exams
You will gain experience of presenting, a vital skill once you get to third-level education
You will become a confident and capable public speaker
You will have a greater understanding of cultural norms of people all over the world
You will have a greater understanding of the causes of worldwide issues
You will learn a lot about different beliefs and traditions
You will learn great debating skills
You will become better at working in teams
You will develop greater personal responsibility for your work and greater independence in your study
WICKMUN is a non-profit project promoting Model United Nations (MUN).
What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity in which students role play delegates from UN member states and simulate UN committees where current issues are debated. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which are organised by many schools and universities.
Why do MUN?
MUN can help you gain or develop a very interesting skill set for your curriculum vitae since MUN involves substantial research, drafting, critical thinking, teamwork, deliberation, negotiation, conflict resolution and leadership skills. During the conference, you look at issues from multiple points of view, listen actively, show empathy, resolve conflicts and learn to take effective notes, thus growing in confidence, developing persuasive skills and developing your ability to show grace under pressure. You also learn a lot about current affairs in a fun way and make many new friends from other schools. A key benefit of MUN is that it provides you with a huge opportunity to focus on your public speaking skills throughout the conference.
Why are public speaking skills important?
The Oxford University Debate Club (Oxford Union) advertisement below shows us the power of public speaking to share ideas that shape our world.
The UK has had fifty-four prime ministers since parliament began - nineteen of these prime ministers are alumni of Eton College. There is a clear link between the strong public speaking skills gained at Eton College and the future success in life of a huge number of its alumni.
Jesse Norman, MP and former Eton student, claims that Eton is special because it realizes that "rhetoric and poetry and public speaking and performance are incredibly important to young people succeeding in life" (The Guardian, Saturday 27 April 2013) - read the full article.
It is not an accident when people are greatest speakers - they have worked on their skills for years. You can work on your skills too. MUN conferences and declamation contests are two great opportunities to do that.