On 18 May 2016, Practicum participants learned about Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM). They participated in compiling and presenting opening speeches, worked on negotiating and began researching for a MUN simulation on wildlife trafficking.
To start off the day, the UNIC Windhoek team presented about MUN. The participants learned that MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students act as delegates from various countries serving on UN committees whom attempt to solve real world issues using the policies and perspectives of their assigned country.
After learning more about MUN, the students were then assigned various countries, took on the role as delegates and were given the topic of whether or not junk food should be sold at school tuck-shops or in school vending machines. They then wrote opening speeches and presented them to the other delegates, abiding by the rules and regulations of MUNNAM. An opening speech typically lasts about one minute or 1min. 30 seconds and is the first speech that a MUN Delegate delivers to the committee.
Following a lunch break, the students were asked to come up with a skit that could be a ‘commercial’ encouraging fellow students at their school to participate in the MUN programme. Depicting scenes of students learning about MUN from their friends, to scenes of students participating at the actual conference, the practicum participants put on a great show that was informative and creative.
Material about MUN procedures, rules and study material were then handed out to the students to help strengthen each students’ knowledge on MUN.
The students then began to learn more about negotiation through an activity in which two students were given a topic to debate and two different roles. In one scenario, one of the participants represented the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and another participant represented a person who wanted funds for a green scheme project. The students backed up their claims and argued for their positions and began to learn the art of negotiation, which happens frequently at an MUN conference.
The students were left with the task of researching the topic of wildlife trafficking for a specific country. A mini simulation is scheduled for the following day, and the students are required to prepare position papers and country profiles as well as opening speeches, to put into practice all they have learned thus far.