The closing ceremony at the Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference is by far the highlight for the students, who all anticipate scooping up one of the coveted awards! This year, the closing ceremony certainly brought a whole new fun edge to the conference. As the judges exited the room to tally the votes for the best speaker (as voted by the committee) as well as compare their notes to select the best delegation, best school, the UNIC team prepared a surprise for the anxious delegates…
Two UNIC team members kick started the MUNNAM funny awards and awarded spot prizes (compliments of our sponsor MTN Business Namibia) to delegates. Some of the awards included a title of “the most colourful outfit, the funniest delegate, the best waving placard, the best notepasser, the most punctual delegate and many more funny awards as observed throughout the two day conference. Thereafter the UNIC team invited a surprise performance on stage to entertain the delegates who were awaiting their fate.
A local Namibian artist and hit among the youth, Waka performed with two of his dancers. The type of music he performs is described as modernized Kwaito, Kwasa kwasa, Afro-pop and a bit of Oviritje sounds. His lively performance had delegates singing along and celebrating the end of two days of intensive intellectual exchange. The performance was amazing and the delegates roared with a resounding round of applause.
Thereafter, the committee returned to all seriousness as the head of UNIC, Ms. Anthea Basson delivered short closing remarks and called upon the spokesperson for the judges, from IOM, Mr. Auriel Mbangson to announce the winners. There was a buzz of tension and excitement as delegates quietly crossed their fingers in the hope that they would win!
The winners received custom made trophies as well as cash prizes with the compliments of MTN Business Namibia, the final results were as follows:
The best speaker as voted by the delegation was awarded to Rachel Nghimulitete (delegate from Singapore) from David Bezuidenhoudt Secondary School who received N$ 1500 in prize money.
The best delegation award was scooped up by the USA delegation comprising of Eerike Kahamundu from Jan Mohr Secondary School and Bianca Mungunda from Windhoek Gymnasium, who were blindly paired to work as a delegation and did incredibly well! They also received N$ 1000 each as a cash prize from MTN Business Namibia.
The best school was awarded to St Paul’s College, who walked away with the floating trophy as well as N$ 3000 towards their school.
Special recognition was given to Damian Adams from Academia Secondary School who was nominated as best delegate by the judges for his diplomatic poise and exceptional ability to communicate and deliver a speech.
The conference was a major success and well received among all the delegates in attendance. The Model United Nations Namibia programme is one of UNIC Windhoek’s flagship programmes that reaches and impacts an astronomical amount of students countrywide, through training and establishing clubs at the different schools. Thanks to the support of teachers, principals and sponsors like MTN Business Namibia, the programme grows from strength to strength each year.