Model United Nations is an internationally known simulation model of the UN and its agencies.
Global Classrooms is the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) flagship education program, a program of the United Nations Foundation. It is an innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through simulation.
GC cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship. Over the past decade, Global Classrooms has worked in 24 major cities around the world, helping bridge the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved public schools or schools new to Model UN. The GC program has 17-year track record of success and is considered the largest Model UN network in the world engaging more than 25,000 students and teachers annually in more than 20 countries at conferences and in classrooms. The program is offered in 10 U.S. cities representing six of the nation’s top eight largest school districts and in 5 international affiliate cities.
Two international conferences in New York City are held, one conference for middle school students and a separate conference for high school participants. Over the past 16 years, these conferences have engaged more than 4,000 student leaders coming from around the world including Ivy League universities and more than 48,000 high school and middle school students coming from 250 schools in 20 countries.
The purpose of the program is to bring the UN culture of global awareness and to bridge the education gap through allowing students to step into the shoes of ambassadors in order to negotiate with fellow delegates the current world issues, to resolve conflicts, and to navigate the UN’s rules of procedure.
GC LAU MUN’S WORLDWIDE SUCCESS
The LAU MUN High School program was first launched in 2005-2006 with 541 students from 76 participating schools. In 2010-2011, GC LAU MUN inaugurated its Middle School program and today, the program has witnessed exponential growth in both the numbers of students and participating schools. In its 10th year, the LAU MUN program hosted more than 2,600 students from 174 participating schools during its training sessions and conference.
For the past 10 years, more than 1,000,000 hours of teaching peace building and diplomacy were offered to a total of 16,000 Middle School and High School students from around 174 schools throughout Lebanon and from selected schools in the Arab world. LAU’s deeply seated belief in the educational value of the MUN program from the pedagogical, cognitive and leadership point of view allowed it to recruit, train and empower more than 1,500 LAU student leaders so that in their turn they can spread the culture of diplomacy, peace, negotiation and conflict resolution.
For the past 10 years, LAU sent 64 high school students to participate in the Global Classrooms International Model UN. With more than 1,500 students from more than 150 youth associations, the LAU delegation showed outstanding results in its international performance whereby the 64 students won 64 awards ranging between Diplomacy Awards and Secretary General Awards.
The success of the LAU MUN reached its utmost level of achievements when the entire Lebanese Delegation won:
In 2014, the “Best Delegation Award” culminating in a six out of six highest awards to be given at the 15th Annual Global Classrooms International Model United Nations conference.
In 2012, the “Secretary-General Award” in the 13th Annual Global Classrooms International Model United Nations Conference.
All students who adhere to the attendance policy will receive a Certificate of Participation. Also, to show appreciation for the esteemed advisors’ cooperation, school’s registered official advisors will also be recognized with an Advisor’s Certificate.
In addition to that, students with a distinguished performance can receive: Best Position Paper Award, Diplomacy Award, and/or Secretary General’s Award. Schools with the highest ratio of awards with respect to the size of their delegation receive the Best Delegation Award.
Awarded students who decide to enroll in LAU for their higher education, will receive a specific amount of scholarship.