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Practicum Participants learn about Model United Nations programme

DSC_1742On 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.

DSC_1728After 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.

DSC_1745Following 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. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek hosts successful Model United Nations High School Conference

UNIC Windhoek successfully hosted the second Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) Conference for High School learners in the capital city, Windhoek. The two-day conference took place from the 21-22 June 2013 at the UN House in Windhoek and welcomed 150 High School learners from 20 different schools as delegates of the simulated General Assembly.

Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) General Assembly in session

Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) General Assembly in session

 

This year UNIC Windhoek extended the MUNNAM programme to the hardap region in Namibia, with the active participation of three schools from Rehoboth. In addition, UNIC also invited two schools from the Otjikoto region. Two schools from Tsumeb travelled all the way to Windhoek to participate. This year’s participants came from the Khomas, Hardap and Otjikoto region respectively. A paired delegation acted as diplomats of their allocated country, representing the views and policies of their designated country, the learners bravely walked in the shoes of their countries to discuss and debate, and finally draft a resolution on the topic “How can Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) be used to provide sustainable development to the least developed countries?”Learners with different beliefs and opinions, allies and adversaries held heated, yet outstanding discussions to finally conclude and write a common resolution.

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