The Model United Nations program offers a lot of opportunities, which is why the American School Foundation of Monterrey has compromised itself to support this program. MUN at ASFM goes back to 1998, when 50 students from 9th to 12th grade got involved as an extracurricular activity. The program has significantly grown to be a course at ASFM consisting of about 175 students. MUN is now offered from 8th to 12th grade. Because of the simulation’s great success, it has received a huge support on behalf of the school in promoting and improving it.
The American School Foundation of Monterrey Model United Nation (ASFMMUN) has brought a lot of attention to Mexico as well as the rest of the world. As a result of its success, yearly simulations, internationally recognized for high quality, have been organized since 1995.
Originally small, ASFMMUN started off as a High School program involving mostly local participants with the exception of a couple national schools. Both ASFM as well as the simulations have been exponentially growing allowing it to successfully enter the international MUN community. By 1999 due to increasing interest in international politics, the program became available to middle school participants as well.
Both middle school and high school simulations, which were held in February and March 2002, were huge achievements. Nearly 600 delegates from Japan, Guatemala, Ecuador, United States, and Mexico amongst other nations attended the simulations. We were honored with the presence of UN ambassador Dr. Zidan Zerauoui, who inspired us with an opening speech at the high school opening ceremony.
Thanks to the ongoing seven year success, ASFMMUN took a new course in creating a Secretariat class, composed of students from 15 to 18 years old, in charge of organizing the growing event. The purpose for such compilation was to organize a IMMUNS (International Monterrey Model United Nations), single event that would include both middle school and high school events simulations all in one. The idea surged out of the wanting need of having inter-age sessions in which students could combine their ideas with different age group. Despite the extra work in hosting twice as many delegates at the same time, the event turned out to be exceptional. From an administrational point of view, it turned out to be a better investment, which in turn gave us the opportunity to keep growing. As a result, IMMUNS 2003 was another great success with nearly 700 delegates, and a world wide guest speaker known as Jane Goodall. IMMUNS requires a great deal of planning, which is why the Secretariat class has already started planning for the coming IMMUNS. Our objective is not only to reach past year standards but to improve upon them. We try to get as good guest speakers as before, and have a diverse international environment.