13th annual Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference

This article is brought to you by Selah Bell, Press Chair for JoMUN XIII

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The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) is proud to host the 13th annual Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) conference this coming September 17-20, 2015.

YBK_5559JoMUN is a primarily student-led conference that gives participants a tremendous opportunity to develop their public speaking, collaboration, and leadership skills.  Delegates also greatly expand their awareness and knowledge of global issues, along with developing realistic ways to approach resolving them.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Ensuring a Peaceful and Secure Future for Africa.”

The newly appointed Secretary General for JoMUN XIII, grade 11 student Jose Foppiani, noted that JoMUN “is simply the best chance [for] students to have fun through formal debate, enabling them to gain…public speaking skills in addition to having the opportunity to be competitive.”

Grade 11 students Arijit Pandey and Virasat Singh have been appointed as the Deputy Secretary Generals for JoMUN XIII.

This year JoMUN will be a much more accessible and affordable conference due to two key changes:  firstly, the venue has been changed (this year the conference will be held on the AISJ campus); secondly, the school will be offering a ‘home stay’ option where students from outside of Johannesburg can be hosted by AISJ families on a first come, first serve basis.

As a result of these changes, conference organizers aim to at least double the number of outside schools participating, greatly increasing the level of debate.

We welcome the participation of schools from all over the world.  Registration forms and detailed information for visiting schools are available on the JoMUN website at http://tw.aisj-jhb.com/jomun/.  Please note that a few key chair positions are still available!

Please feel free to contact Jose (jfoppiani@aisj-jhb.com), Arijit (apandey@aisj-jhbcom), Virasat (vsingh@aisj-jhb.com), or Ms. Katherine Maloney (MUN Director – kmaloney@aisj-jhb.com) with any questions or comments.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!