The recent outburst of migration in Kosovo provides alarming evidence that the gears of development in Kosovo are currently failing to ensure a good standard of living for all, especially for the youth which make about 1/3 of the population. Youth is considered as a driving force for prosperity, yet it continues to represent an immense source of untapped talent, as “the education system in Kosovo fails to address the pedagogical and skills training needs of Europe’s youngest population, resulting in vast numbers of unemployed youth without the skills or training required of a growing economy”. At the same time, the deficit of afterschool activities with a similar nature such as Model United Nations which assist in complementing the education system are scarce.
WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO GAIN
A review of academic literature related to education and learning environments speaks with an almost single voice in support of projects such as MUN as extracurricular activities: “Model UN environment, as a cooperative learning center, is a valuable education tool. Cooperative learning promotes higher achievement, greater motivation, more positive interpersonal relations among students, more positive attitudes toward the subject area and teacher, greater self esteem and psychological health, more accurate perspectives, and greater social skills.” Model UN helps students get into college. Model UN provides students with the learning and leadership experiences that admissions officers look for. Hence, the importance of implementing KMUNA lies in the fact that it bestows for young people a highly valuable skillset which is not earned through the traditional educational system in Kosovo, but is important for personal growth, employment and overall professional success.
One of the best ways for young people to learn these skills is to actually practice solving social problems on teams when they are teenagers. This teaches children innovation, originality, creativity, teamwork, leadership and other entrepreneurial and management skills. These social skills become even more essential when dealing with more complex problem at the national or global level.
Through the student oriented learning approach MUN is different from the classroom experience. Students are placed in a dynamic student led environment marked by a sense of independent, interactive learning, as well as a strong bond between the participants, which is important for the creation of healthier relationships between young people of diverse backgrounds.