Students prepare for Model UN trip

Mountain Laurel Montessori School students, from left, Sabrina Sabahi, Lillie Burbulis and Zachary Bell, cook Estonian treats to share with the school the community. Courtesy photo

Mountain Laurel Montessori School students participated in a Feb. 18 Montessori Model United Nations program, a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies, in preparation for sending a delegation of 10 sixth-grade students representing Estonia to New York City.

The Montessori Model UN students are the only student delegation that uses the real UN facilities and voting floor for this event.

Students will be researching the country and its position on climate change, the current situation in Syria, access to primary and secondary education and access to medicine.

Taking on ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their UN committees will address, learning how the international community acts on its concerns about such topics as peace and security, human rights, environment and economic development.

Model UN delegates also look at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event.

The students will be organizing and implementing fundraising efforts throughout the school year to support this program.