Rajagiri MUN: Future Leaders Find Solutions Through Dialogue
By Binny Verghese
Rapid growth towards integration of technology with every aspect of life has reduced the literary skills in a student which in turn reflects the lack or over exuberant nature of communication skills, a person may portray. The Z Generation parents either are totally tied up with their professional growth or are totally involved with the academic growth (parents’ perception) of their child that they are totally blind to the actual potential that their ward possess.
As of today, it is necessary for a student to opine on any issue at hand which in turn gives them the opportunity to establish their thoughts irrespective of whether they are right or wrong. Right or wrong as the case may be, has a very thin line of divide which becomes blurred with discussions and deliberations. Gone are the days, when students are supposed to follow verbatim to what the teachers or elders may thrust upon them. They should be made (if not already) to state for themselves, their views on any aspect, that affects them as social beings. What better way than to help and guide them, to engage in fruitful, proactive and thought-provoking discussions giving rise to innovative solutions rather than groom a set of individuals who grow hot under the collar for every issue at hand.
The verbal mode of communication between family members or team members have come down to a bare minimum with the growth of technology and there is more of monologues rather than dialogues taking place giving rise to dictums being laid out by an aggressive individual, blindly followed by a group of passive individuals. Therefore, there are possibilities of a student growing up with fascistic ideologies rather than liberalistic ones where one’s thoughts should be allowed to spiral upwards catching the stars in the sky. To provide students the platform to exercise such rights, Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery conducts Model United Nations (MUN)Programmes where students from Std VI to Std XII, are encouraged to participate, and voice their opinion on various global issues. They debate, discuss and deliberate freely with each other for two to three days, know each other’s stance on the issue, iron out the differences in the viewpoints by providing well thought out innovative and logical solutions which may not be found in any book. They should be able to convince the others to take on the proposed solutions not through power but by dialogues that work both ways. During the period of deliberations, they chalk out various strategies, to resolve the multiple issues relating to a topic, draft out a resolution after drawing to a consensus from all involved parties and finally pass the resolution after each point in it has been thoroughly looked into from all aspects. Drafting a resolution is a skill that each MUN student must develop over a period of time. It requires to be written in exemplary English language without any grammatical error. MUN programmes are moderated by the senior students of the school, thus developing the leadership skills in a child. They also help out in training the new comers with the nuances of MUN. Teacher involvement in the conduct of MUN is a bare minimum, thus giving the students the space to develop and perform without being self-conscious of their performance.
Students participating in Model United Nation Programmes, turn out more confident to face any adverse situation, have a higher self -esteem and have no inhibition in exhibiting their view point. They are well equipped in knowledge and deliver their points with conviction. Their writing and oral skills are highly magnified. They are all empowered to take on the world when they step out, from the portals of the institution. They develop a poise that exudes confidence, courage and high self esteem and would not hesitate to look into the eye to establish their view point with ease. It is quite fair to say that Model United Nations Programmes promotes inclusiveness and help redefine the standard pedagogical way of teaching – learning methodologies.