Connected Scholars Program
The Connected Scholars Program (CSP) is a newly created social impact initiative created by the London International Model United Nations: High School Secretariat team in 2021. This program is being delivered within the mandate of the LIMUN Foundation and LIMUN: HS to educate growing students on the values of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to provide the platform for high school students to discuss and learn how youth can support their local, national, and international community to achieve sustainable development. The program is run in tandem with UNHCR Refugee Challenge, UN Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network, with support from the UCL United Nations Association.
The program will run from 18th September to 30th October, every Saturday from 2 PM - 3 PM BST. We are planning to charge £3 GBP for the participation fee.
The Connected Scholars Program (CSP) encapsulates all 17 Sustainable Development Goals within the 7 themes of climate and environment, health, empowerment, development, refugee challenge, economic stability, and peace, justice, and strong institutions. Specifically, it will involve weekly virtual panel sessions, featuring leaders and advocates in various fields of sustainable development. Furthermore, the CSP will also culminate in a mentorship programme, where outstanding participants will gain the exclusive opportunity to be mentored by selected CSP speakers on a personal level. Within the CSP, these students will be selected on the basis of submissions for an essay competition, and they will be able to choose between either a specific question on the refugee issue (educating students for the UNHCR MUN Refugee Challenge) or a more general prompt on sustainable development.
Ultimately, the LIMUN: HS Secretariat and the LIMUN Foundation believe that it is vital for our students to gain insight into the key global issues that affect us all, daily. In this vein, the Connected Scholars Program (CSP) builds on the success of the Connected Delegates Program (CDP), enabling students to participate in dialogues and take part in actions centred around international affairs. Still, different from the Connected Delegates Program which focused on training students for MUN debate, the Connected Scholars Program will invite guest speakers to participate in a panel discussion so that our students can learn diverse perspectives towards global issues.
All registered students will have access to all 7 panels with full privileges, they have to attend a minimum of 5 panels to receive a certificate of recognition as a LIMUN: HS Connected Scholar. Connected Scholars Program is also the perfect way to prepare for the LIMUN HS conference in November, as there is a very direct connection between the debate topics of LIMUN: HS Committees and the weekly topics of the CSP. As such, we highly encourage all delegates planning to join the LIMUN: High School conference to join this program.
Connected Delegates Program
Connected Delegates Program (CDP) is an online MUN training/workshop program created by the LIMUN: HS Outreach team. As a consequence of the widespread COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed the mode of delivery of our classes to online since we believe that it is important for our students to continue pursuing their passion for Model UN, even at home. With the success of the first cohort of Connected Delegates Program in 2020, the LIMUN: HS Outreach team is continuously running the “Connected Delegates Program (CDP)” every summer through which students can participate in MUN training and workshops online as one of their extracurricular activities anywhere in the world.
As part of the Outreach program of LIMUN Foundation and LIMUN: HS, the Connected Delegates Program encourages students to engage with pressing current affairs through a simulation of the United Nations. The program teaches students about necessary LIMUN Rules of Procedure, research process, speech writing, and resolution writing process to support students with interest in diplomacy, politics, economics, or social sciences to express their viewpoints clearly in Model UN conferences. Accordingly, CDP is a great opportunity for students to explore the various aspects of what the United Nations does through learning about the MUN committees and further have a chance to learn about a career in international relations or politics.