Global Changemakers

Derby Academy, Hingham, Private School, South Shore

We’re developing globally-minded learners

Through programs such as the Model United Nations Club and a multi-year partnership with students and faculty in Malawi, Africa, our students are encouraged to think globally, but act locally in their communities.

Our students are prepared to think critically, compassionately, and collaboratively about the world.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is an immersive learning experience that equips young minds with the skills and knowledge to become engaged global citizens. Through role-playing as UN representatives, students gain a deeper understanding of international affairs, diplomacy, and conflict resolution. Students benefit through:

  • Enhanced public speaking, collaboration, and communication skills
  • Global awareness and cultural understanding
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution

The Derby MUN participates in 3-4 conferences annually, assuming the role of a delegation from one of the 193 UN member states. At these conferences, they gain insights into global issues such as child poverty, food scarcity, international climate change initiatives, and the importance of preserving our cultural and natural heritage. They then draft resolutions, engage in debates on potential solutions, and vote on actionable measures.

Derby Academy, Hingham, Private School, South Shore

Derby students typically take home between 6-8 awards from MUN conferences each year.

As an academic elective, Model UN allows our students to develop negotiation strategies, improve their public speaking and communication skills, and explore current global issues firsthand. The experience is unscripted, so students must sharpen their interpersonal skills and react to changes and challenges in the moment in order to be successful. During this process, students begin to see themselves as part of a larger global community, becoming future leaders and global changemakers.

A mere 7,600 miles from Hingham, the children and faculty at Malawi Children’s Mission Academy in Malawi, Africa inspire our community in countless ways.

Partnership with Malawi Children's Mission

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Through a multi-year, student-to-student partnership with MCM that starts in the Lower School and continues through the Upper School, students develop sustained, authentic global relationships through our Pen Pals program, yearly Global Read Aloud events, and curricular collaborations that culminate with FaceTime calls to connect our cultures, share stories, and learn together.

Through travel grants, Derby faculty members have visited their campus to share curriculum development, teaching strategies, and have even exchanged sunflower seeds to plant in each other's gardens, returning to Derby with new perspectives and a stronger global connection.

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