Message From Mr. John Wood
"Mr John Wood taught History and was Head of Humanities at Bangkok Patana School, the British school in Thailand. He ran the MUN at Patana for 15 years."
THAIMUN strives to be the best there is. So that as many delegates as possible have the chance to reach their potential, THAIMUN will be a small conference - around 200 delegates. To encourage delegates to reach their potential THAIMUN will reward and recognize Best Delegates.
Because MUN is a student-centred activity, THAIMUN will be planned and managed by a Student Management Committee. Although THAIMUN is hosted at Concordian International School it is an independent conference and students from many schools will cooperate together in the management committee.
As I reflect on my many years as a teacher it is very clear to me that the best thing I did in teaching was the Model United Nations.
MUN represents the best in education. The best education fosters divergent thinking and creativity. MUN demonstrates that in its purest form. MUN promotes creativity - thinking about many possible answers to solve real world problems.
The best learning happens in groups. It’s called collaborative learning. MUN demonstrates collaboration in its purest form. When delegates are huddled over laptops, merging their ideas, lobbying for support, they are collaborating to solve real world problems.
The best learning is independent learning. Where people research, write complex resolutions in the sophisticated and technical language of the United Nations, about real world problems. MUN is independent learning in its purest form.
Above all the MUN develops skills in public speaking. Many delegates tell me that MUN is the first time they have had to stand before a group of their peers and deliver a speech. Time and time again I have seen people who are shy and withdrawn rise up to their full height and potential to deliver their ideas and thoughts in a creative way. They develop confidence and humility. This is MUN in its purest form.
After every MUN conference delegates from my school would come to me, hyped up, brimming over with confidence and excitement, and I knew exactly what they would say: “When is the next MUN conference?”
So when I retired from teaching I decided THAIMUN would be the next MUN conference.
I hope all of you have fun at MUN, make friends, learn new skills, and have the best time of your life. Enjoy THAIMUN…
Mr. John G. Wood