Debate for Peace: MUN as a tool of engagement
Strategy type (tool, event, training course, etc.)
Scope of the practice (local, national, international level)
National and International
When did it start/end?
Organization and person of reference
Debate for Peace and Steven Aiello
1. Describe your project briefly
Jewish and Palestinian students meet one another for their first meaningful interaction via Model United Nations.
Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation based on the rules of the UN, in which each student represents a different country and together they try to address some of the challenges facing the world around us. I call it a collaborative competition, as students compete for awards, but to do so must build a consensus and find ways to compromise. It is a powerful tool that we use to frame and teach conflict resolution skills via fun and engaging learning experiences. The Model United Nations (MUN) can also be used to break down stereotypes, in my experiences in the Israeli-Palestinian context as an example.
2. What is the aim of the project?
Give top students a chance to meet one another and a safe space to discuss salient topics.
3. Who was involved in designing process?
Steven Aiello and Nooralhuda (directors); students; teachers.
4. If you could change something, what would you change?
Can't think of anything now. We'd like it to include even more communities, but their English level makes it difficult.
5. How do the project impact on civil society?
It created an entire movement of Jewish-Arab friendships, a new community within teenagers nationwide.
6. How do you evaluate the project’s impact?
Just in the growth of actual conferences in frequency and size, and various case studies/qualitative examples.