Empowering Global Citizens: Model United Nations at LAS

Model United Nations (MUN) is an experiential learning simulation model where students practice their debate, diplomacy, and research skills by solving a problem with other “delegates” who represent countries from around the world. Here at Leysin American School, we are lucky to have an active MUN club that provides students with experiential learning opportunities. Recently, our students were involved in two MUN events; the first was hosted at LAS, and the second was at The Hague.

LAS recently had the privilege of hosting a Model United Nations conference for neighboring Swiss schools. This event showcased the determination, creativity, and collaboration of our students, and it was great for students to learn how to host a conference. Although hosting this event posed challenges, the LAS community rose to the occasion, representing the school admirably.

The MUN conference provided students with an experiential learning opportunity, allowing them to practice debate, diplomacy, and research skills while addressing pressing global issues. Students enjoyed the chance to engage with fellow delegates from diverse backgrounds, and hosting the conference developed their relationships with other schools in the region, enhancing students’ awareness of political issues affecting the world. Topics ranged from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus to the aftermath of armed violence and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. These nuanced topics were challenging but provided great additional research and debate skills for their IB and AP subjects.

LAS students also participated in The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN), representing Suriname and engaging in discussions on “Peace, Law, and Justice.” Their involvement in committees such as the Economic and Social Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Historical Security Council was particularly noteworthy. During the trip, students also had the opportunity to visit the International Criminal Court. This hands-on experience proved incredibly insightful, inspiring our students and enhancing their debating skills.

The recent MUN events, including our own conference and participation in THIMUN at The Hague, have not only enriched students’ understanding of diplomacy and international relations but have also helped our students meet other young international students and create meaningful connections with them. We remain committed and enthusiastic about providing our students with experiential learning opportunities like MUN, which empower them to become global citizens capable of enacting positive change in the future.

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Leysin American School in Switzerland

Leysin American School in Switzerland

Located in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, Leysin American School has a history of nurturing talent and motivating students to succeed in education, sports, and the arts. The boarding school bring together students from around the world to create a campus community with a global perspective and a family atmosphere. LAS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, a comprehensive US university preparatory curriculum, and, for non-native English speakers, an integrated English Language Acquisition (ELA) program.

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