Taliouine - The small town of Taliouine, 200 kilometers from Agadir, hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) conference for high school students at Ibn Maja High school on Friday afternoon.
Taliouine – The small town of Taliouine, 200 kilometers from Agadir, hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) conference for high school students at Ibn Maja High school on Friday afternoon.
Sponsored through the personal contribution of the organizers, the event was organized by Larbi Arbaoui, Ibn Maja’s MUN coach, along with the collaboration of Mustapha Hasnaoui, the coordinator of extra curricular activities at the school, and the help of Adil Elouahabi, a teacher of Arabic at the high school.
The event was part of an initiative to help students from remote areas to become familiar with youth programs in the kingdom and to give these students a chance to express themselves and share their thoughts regarding the United Nations’ millennium development goals.
High school student delegates had the chance to learn democratic principles, communication skills, and the rules and procedures of the MUN, while debating the theme of “Promoting gender equality and empowering women,” which is one of the third millennium goals set by the UN.
During the simulation of the formal and informal sessions of the UN General Assembly, students exchanged ideas regarding the issue of promoting women, while enthusiastically defending the position of their represented countries.
The delegates attended the school in formal attire with some wearing suits, breaking the routine of wearing casual clothes and school uniforms.
“This is a very good opportunity for me, as a student living in a remote place, to be cognizant of the rules of procedures of the United Nations and how debates, lobbying, and communication takes place in the real world,” said one of the participants.
Another delegates added, “I would like to thank my teachers who worked very hard to organize such an event in our school in order to help us understand how the United Nations is run.”
“I would definitely take part in the upcoming national conference of Model United Nations in Morocco or abroad, now that I am familiar with the rules and diplomatic missions,” the participant continued.
At the conclusion of the conference, the delegates drafted a number of resolutions and recommendations under the supervision of their leaders.
The school administration awarded exceptional delegates for their participation and presentations during the conference.