UN School Conference launched
The United Nations Information Centre in Windhoek (UNIC) this week launched the 2ndModel United Nations Namibia High School Conference (MUNNAM). The Conference will be held on 21- 22 June at the United Nations House, in Windhoek.
The Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference enlists learners from different school backgrounds to participate in discussions on major world issues. The main focus of the conference is for the delegates (learners participating) to abandon their personal opinions, understanding, and prejudice and thus cultivate arguments in a new manner.
The project in its entirety is supported by the Ministry of Education. The highlight of the event once again will be the keynote address by the Minister of Education, David Namwandi. The 2013 conference will unite 150 learners to deliberate and demonstrate their diplomatic skills. Learners from 20 high schools within the Khomas, Hardap and Oshikoto Region will participate at this year’s conference.
MUNNAM 2013 is proudly supported by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and Mobile Telephone Network in Namibia (MTN) who have played a vital role, with their endless promotion and contribution in building on the success of last year’s conference to ensure that this annual conference becomes the most sought after engagement in the history of the Namibian youth.
Research centres have been set up within both organisations to enable students to conduct research in preparation for the upcoming conference. These centres avail laptops and internet access to students who do not have access to these facilities at their schools or homes.
This year’s topic of discussion is “How information and communication technologies (ICT’s)can be used to provide sustainable development to the least developed countries.” As the world continues to become increasingly interconnected, access to and the use of technology has become an important and necessary tool for all countries, both developed and developing.
Learners are currently undertaking intensive research of their countries, in preparation of the upcoming conference in June.
The United Nations Information Centre is fully committed to the programme and has seen learners evolve into confident speakers after the previous MUNNAM sessions. The skills imparted to these learners are an asset and we are confident that the programme will continue to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the Namibian youth.