Students Participate in East African Model United Nations
Article by Annabelle Ngarambe, grade 10
Photo by Sam Stoner-Eby, grade 10
As teenagers who are discovering their identity, their future, and what impact they will make in it, programs like the annual East African Model United Nations Conference are significant. A program that inspires, prepares, and equips the young leadership of tomorrow like myself to be the best versions of ourselves.
Walking through the big gates of the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, my only thought was “there is no way I can compete with the hundreds of student delegates”. To make matters worse, instead of trying to ease my anxiety, I only amplified it by recounting some of my most gut-wrenching experiences, sending shivers down my spine. I was quite awe-struck by the idea of expressing my views and opinions in front of hundreds of people.
As the opening ceremony began, the room designated for the political and economic committee was vibrant with a mixed atmosphere of eagerness and nervousness. The executive chair panel sat on a podium at the front of the room with very earnest faces, before giving warm, welcoming speeches, ushering in a week full of innovation, collaboration, and initiation.
Each day the conference started off with lobbying. During lobbying, the ambassadors and their on-looking delegates walked around the room with one common goal; to gain the maximum number of votes possible! After these short sessions of persuading our counterparts to vote and speak for our resolutions, it was time for the actual debate to begin. The chairperson announced the resolutions that would be debated, and the sponsor would have the floor to read their resolution and be debated. For many of us, the very idea of standing at the podium and speaking to the general assembly was daunting, and the idea of strict secretaries and chairpeople, made us wary to participate at first. But as we experienced it more, many of us overcame our reservations, and began to actively participate, engaging in the debate with enthusiasm.
Striving for excellence is important in the development of one’s future. The action and attitude of putting forth your best effort identifies the achievers from those who are reluctant to participate. Being an MUN delegate this year was an opportunity to conquer my worst fears and reach for what I thought I would never achieve. Over the week-long conference, the Deputy Secretary General Khilen Patel, really inspired and encouraged me to always challenge myself and to continue striving to be the best version of myself. He talked about overcoming our fears, and using our failures as stepping stones to success. He explained that fear is dangerous because while it can push us to achieve the best in life, it can also limit our capabilities. After his speech I was really encouraged to strive to achieve my goals no matter how small, I must always overcome my fears to have a better version of myself.
All in all, EAMUN opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. Attending EAMUN was an opportunity to grow every part of my skills and potential as a human being, and allowed me to foster my self-expression and push out my creativity. The process of representing a nation while defending its rights and values enabled me to leap forward in terms of maturity, problem solving, and responsibility, thus preparing me to face the everyday challenges of the world once in college and afterwards.
I recommend EAMUN to all those who haven’t tried it yet because it is a great way to unveil and exercise all the God given potential that we have. Additionally, like KICS, it teaches true servant leadership which prepares students to go out into the world. EAMUN provides a great opportunity to develop yourself and others through collaboration, and gives you hope and belief in the impact you are capable of making, turning you into the best version of yourself.