This story is near and dear to me, as I participated in Model UN every year of high school and I can honestly say that my Model UN coach influenced my education more than any other teacher I’ve had.
Each year, 2,500 high school students from across the globe don their business-casual best and head to the Big Apple for the two-day Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference. For one group of students, hailing from John Adams High School in Queens, New York, the Model UN experience was about much more than international affairs. Decorum, a new documentary released by the UN Association of the United States (UNAUSA) and the UN Foundation — the third and final installment of which premiered online yesterday — follows these inner-city students through a model UN experience that would change their academic paths, and lives, forever.
Under the guidance of social studies teacher and Model UN leader Michael Budhu, the students spent the entire academic year researching and preparing to represent the nation of Sudan at Model UN. “It’s our super bowl,” Budhu said. “It’s our end-all, be-all. It’s what we work towards for the whole year.”