Last weekend we hosted the biggest ‘MUN Locals’ event to date. The MUN Locals is an event solely for schools in the Philippines, it has been running for a number of years and was initially attended by three schools in Manila and has grown from there. This year we had a record number of students, approximately 350 delegates plus over 50 officials from 15 schools. Officially the largest MUN conference in the Philippines, it is a wonderful example of increased inclusivity, leading to better student experiences.
This year we had students flying in to Manila and others, from Luzon, taking a long bus ride to be involved. The feedback from these students and their teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. The conference included students discussing innovative ways to increase safety in and around school areas, some delegates writing and performing a rap about MUN, debates and resolutions taking place in languages other than English and Mr. Nanawa, UN advocacy and communications officer, giving a keynote speech – a vast improvement on mine six years ago!
In my first year at BSM I had my first experience of hosting the MUN Locals and this year it was wonderful to see the event held at BSM. It is more than fair to say that not only have the numbers increased, but the quality of the work has also developed far more than we would have expected. This was an event coordinated by our staff but run by students and one of the other wonderful developments was that many of the 50 or so officials came from neighbouring schools, demonstrating the real collaborative spirit that is always evident at these events. MUN is now a huge part of our co-curricular programme and a wonderful way for students to explore interdependence, human rights and globalization.
The expansion of this programme, now down to Year 5, has been through the dedication of a wonderful team of teachers. On behalf of all our student MUNers and the school we extend our sincere thanks to this group.