Rochester Montessori has a long history of sending delegates in 6th and 8th grade to the Montessori Model United Nations conference in New York and Rome. Students gain real life experience understanding serious global challenges and the tenants of diplomatic communication.
Montessori students spend several months preparing to attend the global conference. Students are assigned a country and committee work that supports the current UN agenda. Program preparation begins with the study of the United Nations 30 Universal Human Rights and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Students study the history, scope and mandates of the United Nations and learn more about their representative county. At the conference they hear from current UN Ambassadors, work as delegates in committees to propose resolutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and collaborate with peers from around the world. This is a formative trip for our students.
This year 6th grade students are representing the Czech Republic on the FAO committee (Food and Agriculture Organization). Their topics are the Impact of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict on Global Food Security and Related Matters and the Empowerment of Rural Women.
“I didn’t realize the impact of MMUN while I was doing it. It wasn’t until I got to high school that I realized how much my work as a delegate impacted my public speaking skills and comfort in getting up in front of large groups to share my ideas.”
Alumni John Mueller, Mayo HS class of 2026