Windhoek International School to attend the Johannesburg Model United Nations XIV Conference

dsc_0211Seven Windhoek International School (WIS) Model United Nations (MUN) Club members will participate as delegates at the innovative Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) XIV Conference from 6 to 9 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Windhoek, 4 October 2016: Seven Windhoek International School (WIS) Model United Nations (MUN) Club members will participate as delegates at the innovative Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) XIV Conference from 6 to 9 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Model United Nations, is an extramural activity in which students role-play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. The simulation takes place at a Model UN Conference and the delegates mimic the actual decision making process, having the same leadership structure and following the same rules and procedures.

dsc_0199Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia and focal point of the MUN programme in Namibia MUNNAM, says, “In this era of globalisation, being globally aware is more important than ever. The MUN programme helps develop leadership skills, equipping students with the tools to research and work in teams as well as practical skills students will need throughout their careers”.

Similarly, one of the guiding principles of the JoMUN conference is for participants, “to develop a deeper understanding of problems facing Africa whilst also developing a deeper understanding, respect, and tolerance for the differences of this vast continent”.

Therefore, at the JoMUN Conference, delegates will be broken up into different committees where they will discuss and debate issues specific to the countries of Africa which have been a recent focus of the United Nations.

Hazim Ashraf Hishamuddin who will represent the Kingdom of Sweden said that dsc_0202he is simultaneously excited and nervous as this will be his first MUN Conference. Some of the topics Hazim will be debating in the Environmental Commission include: strategies to ensure the implementation and use of renewable energy; measures to combat soil degradation and its effects in Africa; and measures to resolve the water conflict in the Nile Basin.

In preparation for the JoMUN XIV Conference, the Windhoek International School (WIS) MUN Club held a ‘mock debate’ on 29 September 2016. The eager delegates discussed the topic of human trafficking, raising pertinent points, addressing rising concerns and coming up with viable solutions. Polishing up on their strategic approaches, the delegates used multiple unmoderated caucuses for lobbying and finalising draft resolutions with their alliances.

Mr. J. Iege, the Windhoek International School (WIS) MUN facilitator says, “I am confident that they will get on well at the JoMUN Conference.”

dsc_0225Hazim will be joined by Anna Mutali, who will represent the Commonwealth of Australia, for the Environment Commission. Alicia Reiff, representing the Republic of China, and Brittany Contreras, representing the Kingdom of Morocco, will participate in the Human Rights Committee. Uejanaua Tjihumino will participate in the General Assembly 3rd Committee as the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  Afua A Brantuo will participate in the Security Council as the Republic of Senegal. Finally, Haki Njeri Gichanga will represent the Federal Republic of Germany on the Economic and Social Committee.

The seven WIS students will be accompanied by Mrs. E. Rimmington, the supervisor of the Windhoek International School MUN Programme, who hopes that this experience will prove invaluable for the students.