Simulation der Vereinten Nationen in Berlin mit Schülern der BERMUN-AG

[Der Bericht ist auf Englisch verfasst, da in der BERMUN-AG nur in englischer Sprache geredet und debattiert wird.]

MUN means "Model United Nations" and that’s literally what we are doing. Every Wednesday from five to six thirty we come together in our small group of eight students from grade ten to twelve with Mr Wagner and we discuss all the latest issues in the world. From child labour, to the testing of nuclear war heads in the DPRK, to poor air assets in big cities and all the way to the military conflict in Mali... and that’s only to name a few examples.

We simulate the UN councils: the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the Health Council... all in English. Every student represents a different country which is involved in a conflict or shows interests in the topic. We discuss amendments to complete or to change our self-written resolution.

Sometimes, I have to admit, it is hard to represent opinions and views of countries you personally do not approve of, but simply knowing "the flipside of the coin" helps you understand political decisions in reality (but even then sometimes not).

When the opportunity presents itself we try to organize sessions with our French colleagues, like we did several times last year. It is hard to speak up in front of a big group, but working in teams of two can fight those fears.

The highlight each year is BERMUN, our trip to Berlin, where "delegates" have the opportunity to debate with or against students from all over the world - a unique experience in terms of intercultural exchange, challenging arguments and, of course, combined with LOTS OF FUN! For one week we could visit MUN meetings and debate, debate, debate. We got to know the Bundestag, we met a representative of the Bundestag in person and celebrated our achievements afterwards.

Not without reason Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary, was so impressed by the concept of MUN that he stated in an interview: "perhaps children should rule the world in reality".

As soon as you get into the typical "UN formals" nothing can hold you from debating. Everyone who is interested in our club is more than welcome to join!

Sophie Sobkowiak