FAREL MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE REPORT
HELD AT FAREL COLLEGE, AMERSFOORT, THE NETHERLANDS FROM 16TH TO 18TH FEBRUARY, 2017

Preamble: To God be the Glory…

The Conference: The Model United Nations club of Association International School participated in its maiden International MUN conference held at Farel College, Amersfoort, The Netherlands from 16th to 18th February, 2017. AIS presented seven (7) students, herein referred to as Delegates. Each delegate represented a nation on one of the conference committees. They were chaperoned from the Humanities Department by Mr. Mark Tetteh and Mr. Solomon Sackitey.

They presented position papers on behalf of their respective adopted nations, lobbied and merged their resolutions with other delegates, debated the issues and passed resolutions.

The conference was an experiential learning programme that provided students with a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research.

Departure: The delegation departed Accra on 14th February, 2017 on Emirates Airline via Dubai arriving at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 15th February, 2017.

We had a family, arranged by Dr. Suzanne Nti, pick us from the airport and subsequently chauffeur us on a paid tour as arranged.

Tours: Our tours took us to The Hague where we visited the International Court of Justice to familiarize ourselves with its history and workings. We also visited the offices of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in The Hague.

The Party: by Keith Goli

The party was not the best. We were an hour late because the bus left us behind at 20:30. So we had to take two taxis.  The party was well organized. The music was good but Kwesi Jackson and Keith had to make a few additions to spice up the event since every song had the same beats and rhythms to them. The stage had a very colourful light show as well as a smoke machine. Overall the party was not great but we had to make the most of it.

The delegation had the opportunity of travelling to see the reclaimed land from the sea – the second biggest in the world – where we saw the beauty of nature and appreciated the prowess of men. Among other relics we saw were the prison that houses the international war criminals as well as the Palace of the Queen of the Royal Netherlands.

Advantages of attending the conference by Joshua Harms

  • It has boosted our skills of speaking the English language.
  • It has helped in training our debating and speaking skills in front of our committees or even in an unknown audience.
  • It has improved our researching skills from the perspective of another country’s delegation.
  • It has also helped us obtain lifetime friends from around the world.

Our Netherlands Experience by Joshua Harms

We generally found the MUN a great experience and learned many new things such as how to amend clauses to the second degree and how you only give an opening speech when one is presenting a resolution. This conference helped us make new friends all around the world and we are glad that we attended. In the General Assembly 1 committee with our topics on preventing cyber espionage and warfare and the legalization of nuclear weapons in all countries, for example, it was a spectacle to behold as delegates showed depth of knowledge and applied persuasive skills to drum home their arguments. Although it was a bit chilly, we still enjoyed the trip. We would recommend it any day to others to help in the process of building their experiences.

Awards:

Our delegates discharged themselves creditably and carried themselves very well throughout the duration of the conference. This won them awards in their various committees.

  • Kwesi Jackson (Security Council)

– Finest Male delegate

– Most likely to work in the UN

– Best dressed male delegate

  • Ama Tutuwaa Osei-Akoto (ECOSOC)

– Finest female delegate

– Best dressed female

  • Xenia (General Assembly 3)

– Most confused delegate

  • Kevin (UNESCO)

– Most likely to work in the UN

– Cutest Delegate

– Youngest delegate for the 2017 FAMUN conference

Exchange Programme:  IBO’s United World College (UWC) in Maastricht has expressed interest – through their head of History – in working with a school in Ghana as they have a project in Ghanaian history to execute. The modalities should be worked out later. Therefore, they would like to invite us for their MUN conference in March 2018 (a border city from where we can cross over to Germany for historical and other inter-disciplinary excursions, if planned).

Return:

The delegation arrived back in Accra at noon on 20th February, 2017 via Dubai to a warm welcome. It made its way first to AIS where, as tradition demands, it presented itself to the Head of School, Mrs. Audrey Doryumu and the Senior Management Team as well as the students after which the delegates retired to their respective homes.

Conclusion:

This first International MUN experience has become a foundation upon which the students can build their understanding of the inner workings of the UN and a forum to hone their skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research.

Recommendation:

The AIS MUN club recommends that such international conferences be attended on an annual basis. In subsequent years, it would be prudent to incorporate inter-disciplinary field trips such as History/Geography or Science and Business/Economics. This shall go a long way in killing two birds with one stone.

Appreciation: The Humanities Department would like to thank Senior Management for allowing AIS’s participation in this MUN conference.

Attendance:

Amoateng Kevin                          – UNESCO

Bertram Dana                              – Security Council

Goli Keith                                     – General Assembly 2

Harms Joshua                             – General Assembly 1

Osei-Akoto Ama Tutuwaa         – ECOSOC

Jackson Kwesi Abbiw                – Security Council

Gaisie Xenia                                 – General Assembly 3

Mark Tetteh                                 – Chaperon

Solomon Sackitey                       – Chaperon

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