Mauritius: Model United Nations event to sharpen students’ leadership skills
The event aims at providing a platform to develop communication and leadership skills at an early stage, for which students do not have to wait up to lower VI to participate in the national MUN.(Image: BHS MUN)
The Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) secondary school held the 6th edition of the Model United Nations (MUN) conference for Mauritius today, 4th March 2015, with the event focusing on discrimination, health, social networking and globalisation issues.
It may be noted that MGI MUN is included in the curriculum of the school together with its sister school, and covers students of form I through IV.
The event aims at providing a platform to develop communication and leadership skills at an early stage, for which students do not have to wait up to lower VI to participate in the national MUN.
The Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Meetook, highlighted that benefits of such events are numerous. Starting with developing awareness of various facets of a country, fostering solutions, overcome timidity to address a crowd and going on to developing professionalism, such events act as a gateway towards becoming an ambassador of the country and serve as a good initiative for emergence of future leaders in Mauritius.
He added that the MGI MUN gives students an opportunity to develop their skills as a team, by empowering students’ position of responsibility.
The forum consisted of student delegates from form I to IV representing different countries across the world who formed commissions addressing issues on four main areas in different countries on which debates and discussions were carried out, resulting in suggested solutions to the problems.
One of the aims of the commission was to counter political and discrimination issues where women do not get equal rights, and also suggest ways to combat racial discrimination. The solution highlighted by the students was to educate people against gender and racial discrimination.
Another mission related to global issues concerning health, where discussions centred on the rise in the death toll of various non-communicable disease such as cardiovascular illnesses and diabetes. Here, the solution proposed by the commission was for the population to adopt healthy eating habits as well as play sports and practice other forms of exercise.
Social networking and cyber terrorism was another heavily debated topic, relating to the global discussions on hacking, cyber-bullying and stealing of personal information, for which the proposed resolution was global awareness and adequate back-up of information.
The last area of discussion centred around issues faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the broader risks posed by globalisation, where different states came up with ideas to improve the situation through training facilities, educating the labour force and capacity building by establishing relevant institutions.
In conclusion, the Secretary General of the MGI MUN, Pamela Vanessa Padayatchy, stated that the MGI MUN enables students to get comfortable with the English language at an earlier stage and that the national MUN is the best competition at the secondary school level in Mauritius.