For many years now Salem has offered its students a unique event: the “Model United Nations Conference”which takes place every year in The Hague for a week in January. This conference is intended for the Upper School, the Middle School students go to a conference in Genoa.
In the process the students get to know and understand the complex work of the United Nations through role-playing. Each school represents a UN member country or a UN organisation – as authentically as possible, with all its concerns.
In order to be able to understand the working methods and the structure of UN with its complicated network of organisations, the students work through the highly formalised diplomatic procedures and vocabulary and practise them in role-playing exercises. They also learn how to formulate resolutions, which are likewise subject to strict formal rules.
In groups the students independently research and analyse information about the history, culture, religion, economy, political system and foreign policy of the country they are to represent. Their sources are the respective embassies, the internet and the world press, in which the students attentively follow the political daily news.
Finally the topics for the MUN agenda are prepared from the perspective of the country they represent, taking into account the actual UN resolutions.