The Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, spearheaded by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek has been very successful since its inception during 2012. MUNNAM Clubs are hosted at secondary schools in the various regions in Namibia, where high school students meet to run mock simulations or discuss the current international relations trends. Sustaining and mentoring these clubs is a key priority of UNIC Windhoek and is one of the reasons the Centre supports the set up and hosting of the MUNNAM stand at the St Paul’s College Extra-curricular fair on an annual basis.
At St. Paul’s College, each student is required to participate in two extra mural activities for the school calendar year, and the extra-curricular fair provides the students with information on the various activities at their disposal. The MUNNAM Stand at this year’s fair once again attracted hordes of students who were eager to find out what this fun, UN related activity was all about. UNIC Windhoek designed special flyers and provided fact sheets, banners, UNIC water bottles along with MTN Business Namibia (sponsors of MUNNAM) bags and pens to the students interested in joining the programme. The Deputy Principal of the school, Ms. Jenkins, was stationed at the stand along with the existing MUNNAM St Paul’s Club members who happily informed newbies about the programme.
Outside, some club members were seen canvassing support for their club by approaching students and convincing them of the prestige and fun of the MUNNAM programme on a one on one basis. The extra-curricular fair was a great success, and with the banners, flyers and promotional material, UNIC once again ensured that the MUNNAM stand stood out and truly evoked a positive response from the high school students. With their first club meeting taking place soon, the club members’ numbers are growing positively for 2015. St Paul’s College won the best school award at the 2014 Annual High school conference, and from the hard work they put in right across the year, it is evident that their recipe for success includes regular meetings, growing the club with new members and challenging one another at each meeting! When schools opened 14 January 2015, the MUNNAM programme season also started, UNIC is excited at the prospects of the programme for the New Year!!