Humanities Student Attends United Nations Conference
Masters student in Development Studies Ms Rejoice Mabhena attended the three-day Bayern Model United Nations Conference (BayernMUN) in Neuendettelsau during her six-month stay in Germany on an exchange programme organised by the Development Studies discipline.
BayernMUN is a Model United Nations Conference that offers challenging topics and an environment conducive to professional negotiations including the opportunity for those attending to prove their skills to recruiters and to find a job!
It offers a unique Model UN experience by allowing university students to work and negotiate together representing the diplomatic interest of a chosen country in a large committee, thus helping them develop effective teamwork and self-confidence in negotiations with large groups of delegates.
It also assists students to understand the Rules of Procedure of the United Nations and prepares them to give speeches in front of a large committee.
The title of the 2014 BayernMUN Conference – attended by more than 90 delegates – was: “Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism”.
Mabhena said: ‘During one of the activities, I represented South Sudan which is Africa’s youngest country. The main objective was to formulate a draft resolution and it involved a lot of speeches, debates, negotiations and alliances between countries represented at the Conference.’
Mabhena said the Conference was informative and educational, ‘It was a great experience interacting with other students from across the globe.’- Melissa Mungroo