Middle School Model United Nations Conference 2019
Updated: Dec 4, 2018
Franklin Mitaki, MUN Advisor
On the 26th February next year, a group of 29 IISM middle school students will be attend the annual East African Model United Nation (EAMUN) at the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya. The trip offers a wealth of benefits in terms of the knowledge and skills students gain throughout the whole experience.
Model United Nations is an educational replication and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and how the United Nations works as a whole. The EAMUN program originated in 1982 and it is one of the very few MUNs across the world to hold its conference in an official United Nations headquarters. The MUN programme strives to help students gain self-confidence, public speaking skills and a vast knowledge of current affairs and global issues; a blend of many of the qualities needed by leaders in this century.
This year, Isamilo International will have 5 countries: Malawi, Belize, Cote D’Ivoire, Luxembourg and Bolivia. The ambassadors representing these countries are: Raiaan Kassam (Malawi), Amaryllis Remes (Belize), Khush Sachin (Cote D’Ivoire), Veer Mehta (Luxembourg) and Shivam Patel (Bolivia). These ambassadors, together with their colleagues, have prepared a resolution each on a burning, topical issue in the world and are awaiting these to be approved by the Resolutions Assessment Committee in Nairobi. Resolutions are based on one of the following committees: Health, Technology, Human Rights and Ecology and Environment. On the first day of the conference, delegates would normally kick off the day with a general assembly followed by lobbying which is a great way of making new friends and getting fellow delegates from other schools to support your resolutions.
Some students will have the opportunity to take part in a different committee - The Security Council. Apart from writing a resolution, delegates will be tasked to debate various security concerns from around the world. This committee will be represented by 2 delegates.
Also the school was allowed to have two Press Corps delegates. The press has the key privilege and responsibility of keeping the public informed, and delegates in the Press Corps will play an important role in covering developing and breaking news events during conferences.
On the whole, the MUN programme is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and experience something different for a change. It enables students to interact and work with different people and also enhance their understanding of team work under pressure. I strongly urge students who are interested in this programme to research more about it and hopefully get involved in the next conference in 2020.