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Newcomers are introduced to the Model UN programme

On the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on the 21 June was invited to present an introductory presentation on the Model United Nations (MUN) programme in Namibia to High School learners at Academia Secondary School.

MUN is a forum that simulates the activities of the UN bodies, during which representatives of different countries discuss strategies to respond to global issues. The programme cultivates public speaking and research skills, as well as critical thinking and innovative ideas within young Namibians. Such skills are meant to develop student’s confidence, professionalism and provide an intellectual atmosphere for socializing.

Furthermore, the outreach was meant to further popularize MUN within the school in order to motivate more students to participate. Academia already has several exceptional students who participated in the 2017 Model UN annual High School Conference, of which two were present during the presentation.

Students were thrilled about learning the major functions of the UN, the opportunity of dressing up according to foreign cultures and the exposure to the major problems threatening human prosperity. It’s safe to say that at with the relentless enthusiasm, and the tireless work of Ms. Nadia Coetzee-Huysamen who will be coordinating much of the MUN training, the future of MUN at Academia looks ripe with potential and future leaders.

 

6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2017 Conference awards best students

After two-days of insightful debating and critical thinking, the 6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School conference came to a close yesterday at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

The first day, the General Assembly, consisting of learners from across Namibia portraying delegates of various countries, discussed the topic, “Harnessing the green economy to eradicate poverty.” Four well-research resolutions were tabled and debated, however the Assembly could not reach a consensus and did not pass a resolution. On the second day, the delegates discussed, “Improving coordination in humanitarian response to natural disasters and other emergencies.” After four resolutions were tabled, the assembly passed one resolution.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, MTN Business Namibia’s Managing Director Mr. Elia Tsouros briefed the delegates on MTN Business Namibia’s footprint globally and undertook an engaging question and answer session where the confident delegates did not hesitate to raise questions. The delegates from Liberia thanked Mr.Tsouros and his team for their contribution to the success of the conference and for investing in the Namibian youth.

MTN Business Namibia has been MUNNAM’s long standing sponsor. This year, the ICT company gave out NAD 9,000 to the top performing delegates and schools represented at the conference.

The “Best School Award” went to Windhoek High School, who won the MTN Business Namibia’s “Best School, floating trophy” and NAD 3,000. The Windhoek High School delegates included, Michael Petrus, representing Germany, Christiaan Prinsloo, representing Spain, Tulipomwene Kalunduka, representing USA, Ainley Amunyela, representing the French Republic and Uzuvira Kandjavera, representing Russia.

 

 

 

The “Best Delegate Award”, as voted for by the participants, was awarded to Jules Van De Port from St. Paul’s College, representing South Africa at the conference. The “Best Delegate” received a trophy and NAD 1,500 from MTN Business Namibia. This was his consecutive win, as he was also voted Best Delegate by the assembly delegates during the 2016 conference.

The “Best Speaker Award”, along with NAD 1,500 was awarded to Thelma Mackinza, representing the Republic of Azerbaijan, from Delta Secondary School. The “Best Delegation Award” along with NAD 3,000 went to Rory Parker from Windhoek Gymnasium and Amalia Aihuki from Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School.

All delegates received certificates from UNIC Windhoek’s Anthea Basson who expressed her thanks to delegates and teachers for their commitment to the programme. She especially highlighted the continued participation and support of schools from Erongo and Otjikoto regions, namely Coastal High School and Otjikoto Senior Secondary School.

The MUNNAM High School conference was a great success, and all participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience. UNIC Windhoek in partnership with MTN Business Namibia would like to thank the following schools and teachers for their participation:

Academia Secondary School, Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School, Delta Secondary School, DHPS, Hochland High School, Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School, Jan Mohr Secondary School, Otjikoto Senior Secondary School (Tsumeb), St. Paul’s College, Windhoek Gymnasium Private School, Jakob Marengo Secondary School, Windhoek High School, Coastal High (Walvis Bay), Rocky Crest High School and Eldorado Secondary School.

*Model United Nations is a simulation of UN bodies by high school students. The role play ambassadors and represent UN member states, discussing internationally relevant topics. Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) simulates the General Assembly, and hosts an annual conference in Windhoek annually since 2012. It is an extra-curricular activity

Harnessing the youth’s voice for sustainable development at the 6th annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and MTN Business Namibia, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), are hosting the 6th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference from 7-8 June 2017 at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

Seventy-five learners from the Khomas, Erongo and Otjikoto regions will represent various countries as delegates throughout the two-day conference, which was officially launched after an opening ceremony on 7 June.

In line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this year’s MUNNAM High School Conference topics will focus on, “Harnessing the Green Economy to Eradicate Poverty” and “Improving Coordination in Humanitarian Reponses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies.” Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek will be hosting the 6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference 7-8 June 2017.  With a few days to go, we have started an official countdown across all our social media platforms as we anticipate a conference where young people will showcase their diplomatic skills and come up with workable solutions!

So let the count down begin!! 10 Days to go…

 

 

Delegates Participate in Model UN Training ahead of Annual conference in June 2017

UNIC Windhoek conducted a successful two day training workshop for high school students on the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, 25-26 April 2017 at the UN House in Windhoek.

Delegates from schools around Windhoek, including Windhoek High School, Highline, Jakob Marengo, Jan Mohr, Dawid Bezuidenhout, Academia and Immanuel Shifidi attended the engaging training. UNIC Windhoek welcomed Eldorado Secondary School, who attended the programme for the first time.

The training was structured to present the basics and most essential components of Model UN and the delegates were assigned countries they will be representing at the upcoming Model UN

Namibia conference.The delegates were excited to learn which countries they would represent and who they will be partnered  with at the conference.

Impressive talent was showcased by the student delegates during the training session and the UNIC team is looking forward to the annual conference scheduled for 7-8 June 2017, to see what the student delegates will bring to the table! #MUNNAM2017 #ModelUN

UNIC Windhoek officially launches Model United Nations UNAM

Press Release

Windhoek, 5 March 2017: Today the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) launched the Model United Nations programme at tertiary level. UNAM’s Model UN Society Executive Team and group members gathered at the UN House in Windhoek dressed in their diplomatic attire to signal the official start of the programme.

UNIC Windhoek will provide ongoing technical support to the UNAM Model UN Society and ensure that the Model UN programme at tertiary level will remain on par with its worldwide counterparts. UNIC Windhoek handed over an official banner and a gavel to the society at the launch event to kick-start the programme. Continue reading

Young diplomats in the making – Model UN Namibia training

The Model UN programme presents an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn more about the United Nations and the world of diplomacy.  With active Model UN clubs at various high schools in the Khomas, Erongo and Otjikoto Region, UNIC offers ongoing support through training and mock simulations to expose students to all aspects of the programme and create awareness around topical international issues and international UN observances.

With the annual conference scheduled 7-8 June this year, any Model UN delegate will agree, that preparation is key! Thus UNIC Windhoek facilitated a two – day training workshop at the UN House from 29-30 March for high school students in the Khomas Region.

The team welcomed a vibrant group of 65 teenagers from  WHS,Highline, Jakob Marenga, Jan Mohr, Dawid Bezuidenhoudt, Academia & Immanuel Shifidi as well as one of the coordinating teachers. Continue reading

#UNICrecap: UNIC Windhoek highlights its successes on social media

2016 has been a successful and exciting year for the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek! In celebration of its accomplishments, UNIC Windhoek will highlight its 2016 programmes on social dsc_0498media from Monday, 19 December through Saturday, 31 December through its #UNICrecap campaign.

The National Information Officer to Namibia, Anthea Basson, says that many new initiatives were started in 2016.

“The UNIC Windhoek team worked very hard throughout the year. Not only did we expand our existing programmes, including Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) and UN4U, we introduced creative initiatives such as the Namibia Agreement, the High School Practicum facts-1-10Programme and #PeacePals while at the same time raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Basson said.

The Namibia Agreement, an agreement to take climate action signed by Namibian students on 22 April when world leaders were signing the historic Paris Agreement, was one of the many initiatives that focused on addressing climate change that UNIC Windhoek implemented this year. Continue reading

Trio plan introduction of Model UN at tertiary level

img_0162Today, three former MUNNAM high school delegates met with UNIC Windhoek to engage on collaboration and partnership in establishing a Model UN society at the University of Namibia (UNAM). The Executive team of the envisaged group comprise of Helena Kandjumbwa, Clinton Muinjo and Lifalaza Simata, who are all “products” of UNIC Windhoek’s Model UN Namibia high school programme as of 2012. Since completing high school, the trio have been actively supporting Model UN. The trio spoke at length about the interest of students to continue their Model UN participation at Varsity level.

The new Model United Nations society for the University of Namibia will formally be registered as a UNAM society and will be supported by the United Nations Information Centre (Windhoek).The Centre looks forward to this new partnership with the aforementioned tertiary institution and students from a multitude of nations in 2017. The MUN Club at the University will provide the ideal continuation platform for high school learners, which has been active in the Model UN Namibia programme over the years. This will also streamline the roll out of the programme on the national and regional level. Continue reading

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. Continue reading