WINDHOEK: Nearly a hundred high school learners from the Khomas Region will gather at the United Nations (UN) House for the first Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference next week.
The conference is set to take place on 14 and 15 September.
Model UN, a programme run by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC), is a simulation of the UN decision-making processes and the conference will simulate the process from the point an international crisis to the passing of a UN Resolution.
The learners from 13 different high schools in the Khomas Region will represent different countries in the world and will discuss and debate the international protection of refugees.
UNIC information officer Welda Mouton explained at a media conference in the capital on Thursday that MUNNAM 2012 forms part of a world-wide series of Model UN meetings.
It is an educational vehicle for youths which is committed to providing engaged learning opportunities and to having a proud tradition of debate, ideas and innovation.
Mouton said the conference will, amongst other things, allow high school learners to better understand the search for consensus on global issues of concern.
MUNNAM will also create an international platform for Namibian students to gain knowledge of other countries and the relationship between the countries.
“While simulating the roles of international delegates, the students develop leadership skills as well as research, writing, public speaking and problem-solving skills through hands-on experiences,” she stated.
The conference will in particular address the issue of refugee rights.