How do we achieve world peace?
In 2018 The Netherlands had a temporary seat in the Security Council. The organ of the United Nations that is given the task of securing worldwide peace. But what type of actions can this institution sanction and how are the different countries that make up the council able to come together to form a unified decision?
In this game students make acquaintance with the institution that occupies itself with proces of making and guarding peace.
SIMULation UN-Security council
An international crises is on the verge of occurring due to the situation in Qirabia, a fictitious North-African country. The current president has refused to announce the results of recent elections, which has aroused a revolt with the supporters of the opposition party. Protests and violence have erupted within the country, people are fleeing their homes and allies of each party are demanding support for their cause with violent means.
In SimSummit the students are the representatives of the countries that are currently a member of the Security Council. They are called for a meeting to form a resolution that should restore the peace in Qirabia. This high-pressure setting gives students the opportunity to learn about the complexities of international politics.
OPTIONal: additional conversation with an expert
Are you interested to go in depth with your students and analyse how this game is comparable with an actual meeting of the council? Humanity House, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers an after-talk that can be booked in addition to SimSummit.
The Dutch UN-Security Council Taskforce coordinates the Dutch contribution to the Security Council. A member of this team will be present during the simulation in order to subsequently reflect upon the events that happend and the decisions that were made by the students. How is SimSummit comparable to an actual meeting in the council, which alliances play an important role and in which way is this institution able to guard worldwide peace and security? These questions will be discussed.
|Target group:||Upper secondary school students (15 and up)|
|Length and price:||120 minutes, €150,-|
|Length and price incl. after-talk:||150 minutes, €200,-|
|Amount of students:||max. 30 per group|
|Amount of supervisors:||2 from school|
*Prices include VAT.
Citizenship, Civics, History and Geography
Social and cultural skills, critical thinking, collaboration, creative thinking and communication
Aim of the lesson
- Students understand what the purpose is of the Security Council.
- Students learn about the dilemmas that occur during an international decision making proces.
- Students learn to think about the geo-political causes of and solutions for an international conflict.
- Students learn to defend their point of view in a convincing manner.
- Students learn to prioritize and to accommodate other interests.