By Confidente Reporter
THE United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek, in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM), recently launched the Model United Nations programme at tertiary level.
The UNAM Model UN Society executive team and group members gathered at UN House in Windhoek on 5 March, dressed in their diplomatic attire, to signal the official start of the programme.
UNIC Windhoek will provide ongoing technical support to the UNAM Model UN Society and ensure that the Model UN programme at tertiary level will remain on par with its worldwide counterparts.
UNIC Windhoek handed over an official banner and a gavel to the society at the launch event, to kick-start the programme.
Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM), is an extracurricular educational activity in which students typically simulate different organs of the UN, such as the General Assembly. The delegates tackle pressing world issues and debate, lobby and craft UN resolutions. This prestigious programme runs at schools and universities across the world, and has been spearheaded by UNIC Windhoek in Namibia, since 2011.
Since the inception of the programme at high school level, there has been a great demand for students to continue it at tertiary level, which is one of the reasons why UNIC Windhoek is pleased to support the UNAM society.
The Model United Nations programme is instrumental in developing student debating, public speaking, critical thinking and writing skills. The programme has been very successful to date, delivering leaders and well-versed young people, who are ready to amplify their voices on issues affecting young people across the world.
Speaking at the official launch, UNIC Windhoek Head of Office, Anthea Basson, said that, “Model UN is one of our flagship youth engagement programmes, and has created an important platform for young people in Namibia, to find a voice and amplify their voices about matters that concern the future.”
The UNAM Model UN Society executive team comprises of Helena Kandjumbwa (president), Victoria Absalom (vice-president), Geanethe Haikali (secretary), Donald Khariseb (marketing coordinator), Victor Shivolo (treasurer) and Keanu Baily (first year representative).
The executive is the group of leaders that students in the society will have to look up to for guidance.
“Model United Nations UNAM will be operating under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek, as an umbrella body from under which we will draw guidance, assistance and advice,” said Kandjumbwa.
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