XV SEKMUN

SEKMUN is a mock United Nations model that helps participants to understand that the best way of resolving problems is through dialogue and negotiation and never violence. Amid increasing globalisation, SEK Education Group, believes in

the value of this educational-cultural event in which students, in addition to training in current affairs and international politics, acquire a broad vision of the world.

 

Welcome from the Secretary General of SEKMUN XV

Esteemed delegates,

It is my honour to be able to welcome you to the fourteenth edition of SEKMUN, which will take place in Madrid on the 16th, 17th and 18th of March in 2021.

Since its first edition almost fourteen years ago, SEKMUN has strived to facilitate a significant and lasting teaching model, where the experience is dynamic, realistic, interactive and creative.

Participating in this model will help you practice and improve abilities that may result indispensable in your future as global citizens. In SEKMUN, you will discuss globally relevant problems, hearing perspectives from different areas of the world. This will further your understanding of geopolitics, as well as give you knowledge of global topics that are hotly debated every day. Additionally, in this model you will improve your communication skills, practising the most efficient ways to present and argue your ideas.

Furthermore, SEKMUN will instil you with a series of values and skills that will further your personal development as well as your academic one. In order to effectively reach a resolution, you must learn to empathise with the countries around you, regardless of whether you or your country agree with their opinion or not. Additionally, the presentation of various opinions and ideas will broaden your imagination, thoughts and measures you hadn’t thought o of and stimulating your critical thinking skills.

Finally, this model includes delegates from several different areas of the world, giving you the possibility of making life-lasting friends who, like you, want to rid the world of injustices and create a better one.

As Secretary General, I cannot wait to see you in March, where you will finally experience the fruit of all the hard work you have put into preparing your positions. I hope that the model surpasses your expectations, and I know that your experience in it will make you better; better people, better speakers, and better thinkers.

With all of my warmest regards,

 

Katalina M Collison Vallejo

SEKMUN XV Secretary General

 

Information form

You will find all the necessary information on enrolment and how the event works at:

Enrolment: €35

Deadline: 21 January 2021.

Contact: guadalupe.sanchez@sek.es

XV SEKMUN Agenda

Awards

a.- SEKMUN ‘Ángel Escudero’ Scholarship

1.-Introduction

SEK Education Group, through the Felipe Segovia Foundation, with the purpose of continuing to train citizens capable of facing the new challenges of our time, offers an annual scholarship that will be awarded to the student who stands out for his or her participation in each of the SEKMUN conferences. The scholarship is named “Angel Escudero” after the former UN official, in recognition of his dedication, during the first 10 years he directed the SEKMUN model: Dialogue for communication.

2.-Objective

The purpose of this scholarship is to engage students and increase the quality of SEKMUN’s educational activity.

SEKMUN is a simulation and we are therefore committed to following as closely as possible the procedures and regulations that govern the various bodies and committees of the UN system. In order to continue improving SEKMUN, the most outstanding students of each phase of SEKMUN conferences will be awarded.

Winning students will be awarded a scholarship in order to enrol and participate in the MUN of their choice.

Once they return from their chosen MUN, students must submit an essay specifying the aspects or initiatives that in their opinion could contribute to improving the quality of SEKMUN.

The essay may focus on:

Initiatives that can enrich the different phases of the debate, negotiation or the writing of documents,

· Aspects related to logistics or the complementary social activities.

· Research and recommendations on certain techniques in the period of preparation and training.

· Managing and improving the website.

· Designing a campaign and measures to promote SEKMUN in Spain and abroad.

3.- Applicants

The scholarship is aimed at students who have participated as delegates, representatives or chairs in the SEKMUN conference of the current school year.

4.- Selection Procedure

The scholarship is granted to students on the following basis:

· Student-delegates will choose the best delegate in each committee in secret ballot. From the group of students chosen in the different committees, teachers will elect the best delegate / representative in a vote- Teachers cannot vote for a student from their own school.

· The teachers-coordinators will choose the best chair. They may not propose (vote) a student from their own school.

· From the two students selected in the votes of the two groups mentioned, the secretary general and the organising team will choose the student to whom the scholarship is granted.

5.- Commitment of the selected student

Upon return and within a month, students must submit to the organising team an essay on the MUN which they have attended highlighting those initiatives and activities that in their opinion could improve SEKMUN.

The student’s work will be published on the SEKMUN website.

6.- Endowment

The scholarship is endowed with €3,000. This sum will cover travel expenses, as well as accommodation, maintenance and registration for the winning student’s chosen MUN. This amount will be managed by the school to which the student winning the scholarship belongs.

b.-Awards

1.-Categories

SEKMUN awards aim to honour students for their efforts in preparation and research and for their sense of responsibility, work ethic, negotiation skills and in general go to those particularly outstanding delegates.

There is a sole category per committee for best delegate.

2.-Procedure

In order to choose Best Delegate, each committee meets and casts a formal vote on concluding the eighth session, on the last day of the event. Each delegate has one vote, the ballot paper is included in the SEKMUN folder. The chairing team must supervise that each delegate casts their vote in the ballot box that the organising committee will have presented previously to the chair of each committee.

The chairing team cast a ‘deciding vote’, so at the end of the eighth session, on the last day, they will meet by Committees or Commissions – at the AG – to issue in writing the name of the winning delegates. This vote will be taken into account in case of a tie.

The SEKMUN Organising Committee will collect, before the ninth session, the ballot boxes to count the votes in which the teachers from the schools invited may be present, if they wish. The results of the vote

may not be modified by the organising committee or by the teachers from invited schools, except in the event of delegates behaving in breach of the spirit of the Model.

Once the count has been concluded, the event’s organising committee will draw up a list of the winning students and will draw up the corresponding diplomas. The results will not be made public until the closing ceremony in which the committee chairs will announce them and present the outstanding delegates with their diplomas.

The list of awarded delegates will be published on the SEKMUN website, once the Model is finished.

Locations

SEK - El Castillo

SEK-El Castillo is one of the 9 schools making up SEK International Schools. The education offered covers all age groups, from 0 to 18 years of age.

Senado

The Senate is the upper house of the Cortes Generales, a constitutional body that represents the Spanish people. It is the representative chamber for the different Spanish autonomous regions.

Universidad Camilo José Cela

UCJC is a place where knowledge is transmitted, where you can specialise in the field of your choice, improve your general knowledge and develop as a person.

Frequently asked questions

1.- Who are the organisers?

The Felipe Segovia Foundation, part of SEK Education Group, through a group of teachers and students with proven experience in national and international United Nations Models and with the support of the Spanish UNICEF Committee.

2.- Where does it take place?

In Madrid, the model is inaugurated in the Spanish Senate and is held on the Villafranca campus of University Camilo José Cela.

3.- When is it held?

Between 9 and 12 March.

4.- Who can take part?

National and international schools from all over the world can participate, since it is a bilingual Spanish-English model.

5.- How old should students be?

Students between 15 and 18 years who are accompanied by a representative from their school may take part as delegates.

6.- Can delegates participate individually?

No, only those delegates who are registered through a school and as part of a delegation may participate.

7.- What is the enrolment deadline?

Students should enrol from November up to 31 January.

8.- What are the enrolment fees?

The fees to participate are: €125 per school; €135 per student and €100 per teacher.

9.- What does the participation fee include?

The participation fee includes material (accreditation, folder, country badge, programme, regulation, notebook, notepad and pen), coffee breaks, lunches and party. and transfers from the Senate to the Villafranca campus.

10.- Does the model offer accommodation?

Yes, but only in host families and depending on availability at the time of enrolment.

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