In partnership with the University of Namibia Model United Nations Society, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted the second Model United Nations (MUN) UNAM mock Conference for 2017. The event was held at the United Nations (UN) House in Windhoek on 4th October 2017.
Model UN is an international programme where students simulate different organs of the UN, most notably the General Assembly.
Under the guidance of UNIC Windhoek and the UNAM Model UN Society, participants deliberated over the following topic: “Addressing the social and economic consequences of religious intolerance.” Delegates debated and pointed out facts about religion and politics. In conclusion, the delegates pointed out that the only way to address the dispute between religion and politics is to educate people so as to familiarize them with the importance of respecting the next person’s religion
The debate concluded with an award ceremony acknowledging all participants, with special recognition given to the best speaker, as well as best overall delegate of the session. The president of the UNAM Model UN Society was pleased that the newly established Model UN Society continues to grow from strength to strength.
Today, 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 →
Participants graduated on Friday, 20 May 2016 from UNIC Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme, hosted at a local restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia.
The participants dressed up for the graduation and went with the UNIC Windhoek team to Nyama, located in the centre of Windhoek. After finding their seats at the table, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek thanked the students for their hard work and dedication to the programme.
The graduation ceremony followed and Anthea Basson handed over the certificates to each of the participants as well as assessments about each students’ performance, skills and improvement throughout the course of the programme.
Basson noted that the first intake of students had already set the bar high for the programme, she noted with pride how much positive growth she had seen in all the students and what a remarkable transformation it has been. “I encourage you to use these and similar platforms to build on the skills and knowledge you have been exposed to over the past couple of weeks and to nurture these to become well rounded, global citizens,” she concluded. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
The 29thof January was an exciting day for St.Paul’s College Windhoek students, as the Extra-curricular activity fair held for the students showcased a plethora of after-school activities, ranging from educational to community service. As of 2014, it became compulsory for all students to participate in at least one extra mural activity. Hundreds of students roamed the activities fair hall, to identify an activity they would enjoy for 2014.
Happy students leave with a UNIC waterbottle and information about the UN and MUN programme
One activity that was exceptionally popular with the students was the Model United Nations Namibia programme (MUNNAM). The MUN Club members at the school, set up an exhibition table comprising of UN material and banners. The club was supported by the United Nations Information Centre Windhoek. The set up was spearheaded by MUN Club member Lars Schuler, who coordinated and ensured active support from the UNIC team. Continue reading →
UNIC Windhoek – From the 22nd-25th August, the centre visited 6 high schools within the Erongo Region, in the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. This educational outreach initiative allowed colleagues to present the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) Programme to the learners to ensure their participation in the 2014 conference and more importantly to become part of the MUNNAM family.
The introductory programme started on 22ndJuly, visiting De Duine Secondary School, Kuisebmund Secondary School and Walvis Bay Private High School in Walvis Bay. The afternoon training sessions brought together 45 learners from the aforementioned schools, which allowed the UNIC Windhoek team to embark on an intensive Model United Nations training session at the De Duine Secondary School Hall.The interactive teaching engagement was done through role play, video clips and quizzes about the United Nations.
Walvis Bay delegates proudly pictured with their country placards.
The Model United Nations vocabulary and rules of procedure, sounded odd at first but the learners were eager to learn and surprisingly adopted it very quickly. This was quite evident during their first hands-on training “mock” session on the topic “whether education should be free”. The two day training session also made provision for more practical group work on the essentials of MUN documents which included the purpose of a Position Paper and Resolution writing. The training session in Walvis Bay come to an end with the passing of two resolutions.
The bright and eager Walvis Bay learners had the following to say about the Model UN programme: “I’ve learned so much during these two days and I made many new friends.” Continue reading →
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
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.