By Mouhsin El Hallouati
By Mouhsin El Hallouati
Rabat – The city of Sidi Slimane in northwestern Morocco hosted a Model United Nations Training of Trainers (MUN TOT) in early October 2015. The event gathered approximately 45 people, including United States Peace Corps Volunteers and Moroccan partners.
The MUN TOT’s main aim was to equip trainees with the requisite tools and knowledge to implement Model United Nations classes within their communities and to help them prepare a group of students who will compete in a national, Arabic-language MUN conference to be held in January 2016.
The event was the fruit of a Peace Corps Morocco initiative and lasted for three days. The training, which took place in the local dar chabab (youth center), included eleven sessions – all of which were related directly to the concept of MUN and the teaching of MUN.
On the opening day, after the customary introductions and greetings, the participants were introduced to a brief history of the United Nations (UN), its goals, and its missions through an interactive discussion with the organizers. Then, the trainees had the opportunity to discover the functional structure of the UN, its main bodies, and its funding sources. Next, the fundamental tips of teaching – teaching MUN specifically – were presented and discussed in detail.
The presentation covered different teaching and facilitation methods, such as PPP (Present, Practice, Produce), ESA (Engage, Study, Achieve), TBL (Task Based Learning), and group work. The presentation further discussed all steps in the process of preparing and presenting a lesson, from lesson planning to delivering a PowerPoint presentation.
In addition, tips from teachers, having successfully delivered MUN courses, were brought to the discussion. Finally, the closing session of day one consisted of public speaking and oral presentations. The day was certainly rich in discussions, lessons, and activities that enhanced the trainees’ knowledge.
The second day, the longest of the training, focused on the MUN conference and the diverse aspects of preparation, both in the months before the conference and in the days during the conference itself. The first session provided some advice and tips regarding preparing the students for the event, receiving signed parental permission forms, and contacting insurance companies. Furthermore, it provided recommendations on assigning committees. For instance, assigning small committees to more experienced students and large committees to inexperienced ones.
Participants were given strategies on research and writing position papers. The subsequent session’s main focus was proper attire, parliamentary procedure, and winning points at the conference. It explained the role of conference members (chair, vice chair, rapporteur). Afterwards, the trainees were introduced to diplomatic courtesy and language, debates and caucuses, and working papers.
As for the third session, it was meant to present the position paper and its format. The second day concluded with a mock conference in which participants were randomly assigned states, and a fictitious topic was debated. The day provided the participants with the enormous occasion to acquire deeper knowledge as it examined the heart of MUN closely.
The closing sessions of the Sidi Slimane MUN TOT dealt primarily with the important themes of research and position papers. Concerning research, the different topics comprising the Research binder – such as committees, states, background guides, state policies, and solutions – were defined and discussed. A formula for writing an effective position paper was highlighted in addition to rules and proposed solutions to plagiarism.
The training ended with a presentation on the art of communication, debating skills, and caucusing strategies. The content of day three went further in detail and enabled the participants to comprehend the principal means to teach MUN.
The Model United Nations Training of Trainers constituted an excellent opportunity which will permit the participants to transmit their passion for global issues and international relations to their pupils back in their communities. Combining both their respective know-hows and the knowledge and skills acquired during the three days of the MUN TOT, these ambitious trainees-turned-trainers intend to share what they have learned with their students in preparation for the nationwide Arabic-language conference in January 2016.
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