Each year more than 400,000 pupils from primary schools to universities participate worldwide in Model United Nations (MUN) conferences. MUN is essentially a role-playing exercise, in which young people assume the roles of diplomats.
Through this activity, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of international issues, from deforestation to the situation in the Middle East, as well as improving their public speaking and debating skills, and learning how to solve problems constructively.
One of the great strengths of MUN is that it is pupil-led, with Sixth Formers taking the lead in running weekly sessions, and playing a key role in organising our own annual MUN conference. In March each year, Haileybury welcomes around 600 visitors from all over the world to HMUN, which is one of the largest of its type in the country.
Around 200 Haileybury pupils are involved in the conference, not only as delegates, but also in writing the agenda, chairing committees, presiding over the General Assembly, and helping in all sorts of ways to enable the conference to run smoothly.