"One reason you should join the ISP Virtual MUN is that is helps you improve your social skills and it also gives you better knowledge that you aren't aware of yet around the world. You'd be surprised at how much information you haven't been exposed to."Khloe, Aspen Heights British School (UAE)
Who We Are
At the International Schools Partnership (ISP), learning is at the heart of everything we do. As a global group of schools our students benefit from being part of a wider international community, providing a wealth of learning and cultural opportunities. Our International Learning Opportunities (ILOS) give students the chance to connect with other ISP students from around the world.
Model United Nations conferences enable students to come together from around the world to experience an educational simulation of a real UN conference, to put themselves ‘in the shoes of global leaders’, to better understand international affairs and global politics from unfamiliar perspectives, to build empathy and grow their skills in diplomacy, debating, team work and leadership.
In 2018, we held the first ISP Model United Nations, ‘Together we can make a difference’, hosted by Laude The Lady Elizabeth School in Spain. A second ISP MUN, ‘Solving Issues – Building the Future’, took place at St. Jude School in Costa Rica in 2019. The third annual ISP MUN was planned to happen in March 2020 hosted by Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park in Malaysia, but unfortunately it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it became clear that the effects of the pandemic would be long-lasting, we made plans for the first ISP Virtual MUN conference, which took place from 21–23 May 2021. While nothing could replace the special experience of being together in the same place, the virtual debates were a big success, bringing together hundreds of students from their homes across the ISP network. To make this possible, we partnered with the fantastic team at IMUNA to ensure that the virtual conference would be a world-class experience.
Now, we are happy to announce that we are planning for our second virtual conference, taking place from 26–28 November 2021. We are fortunate to have schools in many countries around the world which makes the ISP Virtual Model United Nations experience a truly international one. The conference is a valuable international and cultural experience for our students to take with them into their future. Beyond the debates, it is a unique learning opportunity for our students to meet people from different countries and cultures make connections from around the world and foster long-term friendships.
We are fortunate to have schools in many countries around the world which makes the ISP Virtual Model United Nations experience a truly international one. The conference is a valuable international and cultural experience for our students to take with them into their future. Beyond the debates, it is a unique learning opportunity for our students to meet people from different countries and cultures make connections from around the world and foster long-term friendships.
Through taking part in the ISP Virtual MUN, students will:
- Practise and develop their skills in organisation, leadership and responsibility.
- Develop critical thinking skills about complex global issues.
- Build skills in research, public speaking, debating, teamwork, negotiation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution within a multicultural framework.
- Develop greater knowledge and understanding of language, geography, history, international relations & diplomacy, environmental issues, traditions, lifestyle and culture.
- Participate in a unique international and cultural learning experience that enables them to interact with other ISP students across the world.
- Explore new ways of thinking and learn from each other as they work to achieve consensus across diverse points of view.
- A 3-day conference taking place via Zoom
- 4 hours of debate each day
- Open to ISP students aged 13-18 years
- No participation fees
- Weekly online training sessions in the 10 weeks leading up to the conference