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Mini simulation with Academia Secondary School Model UN club

IMG_8191Academia Secondary School’s MUN club has received ongoing training after the 3rd Annual Model United Nations High School Conference held in June 2014. The excited Model UN delegates from Academia Secondary School are all new to the Model UN world and were thus very determined to religiously meet every week for two afternoons to practice and flex their MUN muscles.

IMG_8249Following a preparatory session on ICT regulation and an in depth discussion, the delegates were assigned countries and asked to prepare their position papers and draft resolutions for the mini mock classroom session which was held on 7 July 2014. The delegates proved that novice MUNers who were determined enough, could do a sterling job presenting their position papers as well as negotiate like real diplomats. It was a fun filled session with many key insights shared and a positive learning experience and moreover, practical experience for the learners.

At the end of the session, information kits were distributed in preparation for the next weeks simulation on 14 July to discuss global warming 2015. These promising delegates from Academia Secondary School remind the UNIC team what a difference the Model UN programme makes in the lives of ordinary high school learners, who become involved in a whole new world, where they transform into extraordinary, insightful young people.

MUNNAM 2014 Conference closing ceremony

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…

IMG_0706Two 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.

IMG_0849A 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:

IMG_0939The 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.

IMG_0922The 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.

IMG_0928The 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.