Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (Windhoek) celebrates women through its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen social media campaign. With the two-day Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2016 Conference starting Wednesday 8 June, this week UNIC Windhoek celebrates Eulalia Joseph, the recipient of the Best Overall Speaker award at the 1st MUNNAM Conference in 2012.
Meet Eulalia Joseph, as she reflects on her journey…
Hi, I’m Eulalia, a 21 year old aspiring charted accountant at the University of Cape Town. My life presents a different challenge everyday and with that comes the opportunity to defy all odds and rise to the end of every day. I’m made of dreams and determination, and I’m driven by the desire to own an empire. In my free time you are likely to find me at the university’s debating union or indulging in photography. I took time in high school to find where my passions lie by partaking in everything from basketball to chess to drumming but I ended up enjoying and committing to the Model United Nations club at St. Paul’s College, Windhoek. I continue to participate in Model United Nations conferences offered at university level which is testament to the fact that once, a MUNer always a MUNer.
1.) Why did you choose participate in the Model UN programme when you were at high school?
It was a new initiative, and I knew very little about the United Nations, so naturally I was attracted to the challenge. Additionally, as an orator I was drawn to the idea of being able to speak about the issues that profoundly affect people all over the world.
2.) You were selected as Best Overall Speaker during 2012 MUNNAM conference, what did this mean to you?
More than feeling honoured and being happy, to this day the award is a symbol of a young girl becoming fully cognizant of her own potential. Continue reading
On 19 May 2016, the United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s Practicum Programme participants saw the impact climate change has had on Namibia by visiting Avis Dam and finished off the day with a MUN simulation through which the participants discussed the topic of wildlife trafficking.
To start off the day, the UNIC Windhoek team and the practicum students visited Avis Dam, which is one of the three main dams that supply water to Namibia’s Central Region in which Windhoek is located. The students were shocked to see the dam, which is currently completely dry, and exclaimed that it looks more like a football field than a dam.
After learning about the impact climate change has had on Namibia early in the Practicum Programme, the students were able to see firsthand how dry Namibia indeed has become as a result of the drought. The students were deeply concerned about this development and amazed at how fast the drought is affecting the local vegetation and water bodies. In order to encourage a focused dispute over the impacts of the water crisis the students were then divided into four groups and were assigned four different roles: a water company, a low income family, the government and a local game reserve.
The students answered questions about the water crisis and water conservation based on their assumed roles and presented their answers to the other groups. They shared how the water crisis has impacted their entity, where they intend to get water when the water is gone and what ways their entity can conserve water. After listening to each group, the students came to the realization that all sectors of society have been severely impacted by the water crisis and that united action needs to be taken to combat the issue in a sustainable way. 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
UNIC Windhoek is always seeking ways to make preparing for Model UN Namibia (MUNNAM) Conferences easier and help MUN delegates to be more efficient, thus providing students with a number of resources to lead others, club leaders and individuals in their preparation for upcoming MUNNAM conference.
On Wednesday, 2 March, the Centre added yet another active group of students from Windhoek Gymnasium Secondary School to our pool of MUN clubs.
Our detailed lesson plan involved meeting new students, introducing them to the curricula on MUN teaching and engaging in role playing of the substantive procedural issues of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Continue reading
Model United Nations is a simulation of UN organs by students. Students “step into the shoes” of diplomats and engage in discussions, negotiating, lobbying for support and getting their positions across and finally crafting resolutions. UNIC Windhoek spearheads the Model United Nations Namibia programme for high school students and hosts an annual conference. UNIC Windhoek facilitates training to high schools in Windhoek, and help the schools start up MUN Clubs.
Model UN season has kicked off and is in full swing, and the first training session at St Paul’s College was attended by two UNIC team members on 24th of February after school. The MUN Club was already seated and well into their introductions. The UNIC team introduced themselves last of all, and also presented a short verbal piece on what MUN is, and what the newbies to the club can expect. Continue reading
The first Model United Nations Training session kicked off with the DHPS students on the 18th of February, after school. The UNIC team were welcomed by an overwhelming number of new participants all eager to find out more about the programme. Introductions were the order of the day, and the main focus of the first session was providing information and creating opportunities for the new and old delegates to take the first steps in public speaking. A short overview of the Model United Nations programme followed highlighting the annual conference and expectations student delegates. Continue reading
On the 28th of January 2016 St Paul’s College in Windhoek held an Extramural Fair. The Extramural Fair is an annual initiative of the school to host information exhibitions on the available extra-curricular activities on offer at the school.
The St. Paul’s Model UN Club in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek set up an exhibit to promote the prestigious international learning programme. UNIC Windhoek supported the MUN Club by providing banners, information materials and branded promotional items to be disseminated to potential candidates. Former delegates and an intern of the Centre remained on standby to answer questions to the soon-to-be Model UN Namibia (MUNNAM) delegates. Continue reading
The Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, spearheaded by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek has been very successful since its inception during 2012. MUNNAM Clubs are hosted at secondary schools in the various regions in Namibia, where high school students meet to run mock simulations or discuss the current international relations trends. Sustaining and mentoring these clubs is a key priority of UNIC Windhoek and is one of the reasons the Centre supports the set up and hosting of the MUNNAM stand at the St Paul’s College Extra-curricular fair on an annual basis.
At St. Paul’s College, each student is required to participate in two extra mural activities for the school calendar year, and the extra-curricular fair provides the students with information on the various activities at their disposal. The MUNNAM Stand at this year’s fair once again attracted hordes of students who were eager to find out what this fun, UN related activity was all about. UNIC Windhoek designed special flyers and provided fact sheets, banners, UNIC water bottles along with MTN Business Namibia (sponsors of MUNNAM) bags and pens to the students interested in joining the programme. The Deputy Principal of the school, Ms. Jenkins, was stationed at the stand along with the existing MUNNAM St Paul’s Club members who happily informed newbies about the programme. Continue reading
The Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme has grown extensively over the past three years under the leadership of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. This year, 6- 7 June 2014, UNIC hosted yet again, a successful conference for high school students from all over Namibia. Months of planning and weekends of training and working overtime, truly paid off for the UNIC team as the 3rd annual conference was a phenomenal success!!
Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) is a simulation of UN bodies, and at MUNNAM High School Conferences, the UN General Assembly is simulated, allowing high school students to mimic ambassadors from member states who represent their countries’ interest to the global community.
At this year’s conference, the delegates had to deliberate on the topic ‘Measures to eradicate child labour’ as well as to analyze the negative and positive effects thereof. Taking into consideration the fact that the delegates came from different countries, with different cultural, religious and political beliefs, it was humbling to see how effortlessly they put their personal affiliations aside and kept it strictly diplomatic, communicating to one another with such high esteem, as per diplomatic rules.
Child labour is a rather sensitive issue as it has detrimental effects on children all over the world who are involuntarily involved in it. Statistics show that the very highest amount of children under the age of 16 used for labour come from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The Indian, Chinese, Zimbabwean, Ivorian and Ghanaian delegations implored to the international community, with specific emphasis on the Super Powers (Germany, United States of America, United Kingdom, and France) to gather efforts to help decelerate the staggering statistical amount of child labour victims and to essentially combat this world problem. 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