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It is always better to start with the basics. An MUN is a simulation of the United Nations. Well this explanation does not work until the person on the first hand has a good idea about United Nations itself. It is always good to start the introduction (and presumably training) by introducing the UN itself. Explain about how it functions; introduce the secretariat. Educate them about the Executive Board at the UN. After doing this, I am sure you’ll be at ease relating the same to MUNs and the same goes for the students as well.
Next you need to tell them why they should be interested in doing such stuff. International politics is not on everybody’s list of interests is it! Tell them about the merits of doing MUNs. Not just the fact that it gives you confidence and exposure and totally eliminates your stage fear, but the fact that it gives you exposure to a high level of diplomacy and international politics. Stress on this, all other things comes in handy. Why you need to stress on this? Well you have a lot more ways to gain confidence and remove stage fear, give them a reason to choose MUNs.
Next you might as well acquaint them with the Rules of Procedure and the Flow of Debate before their first conference. This, by my experience, is the most difficult task of all. While describing the rules of procedure, try taking sessions in small batches. Make a team whose members are well versed with the procedure. Make a strategy and a complete draft on how you would go along explaining the students. Follow it!
As I said before, it is always better to start with the basics. The first thing you need to teach the students is how to talk in the committee, i.e. in third person. Well that according to me is the simplest.
Relate it to general day to day life. For example, just like the first thing in your class is the attendance, the first thing in the committee is the roll call. Go ahead and explain them the meaning of an agenda. Always remember that the students have no clue about what you are saying but you do! Go slow. Keep asking for doubts. Stick to the most common Rules of Procedure. However don’t go very deep into details in the first session. Try and connect each topic to the previous.
Moving into the more complicated things, first explain the structure of the Rules of procedure along with the Flow of Debate. Well my first trainer presented it this way, “point all five of your fingers straight out. Now the first finger is the roll call, the second is setting the agenda, the third being the speakers list, fourth be the moderated caucus and the fifth being the unmoderated caucus.” Make it as simple as possible.
As soon as you use a new term, explain it then and there. You might as well remember how you define them in first place. Because people will ask you to repeat and if you give a different definition each time, students might get confused and perceive the same thing in many different ways. YOU DON’T WANT THAT.
Explain them about what happens in a moderated caucus, an unmoderated caucus, making allies and you know the rest. The next big thing that might offer problems is the procedure to create and pass the resolution. Give the students keys to remember the formats of the working paper and the draft resolution. Since, they are new to MUNs, tell them when is the right time to start working on working papers and draft resolutions. Take the resolution to the next day; after all everyone has a saturation point.
The next day, the students are back and fresh. Ask one of them to repeat what was told yesterday. After this quickly move to the resolution. First go about explaining what a resolution actually is. Then go into the details. Again try and relate to general things. It will make it easy to remember for the students. Give them the lists of the preambulatory clauses and the operative clauses and the format of the resolution. You might as well, provide the students with a small flowchart presenting the flow of debate and the rules of procedure at the end of the session.
I said that don’t go into too many details, leave something for them to discover in the committee itself. After all, you do want their first MUN to be an exciting one!