Joyce Banda Foundation students attend Montessori Model UN conference in America

Two students from the Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) schools in Malawi attended this year’s MONTESSORI MODEL UN (MMUN)from March 26 to 29, 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA.

JB Foundation students amongst fellow students

JB Foundation students amongst fellow students

The students at MMUN in New York

The students at MMUN in New York

The USA-based Brewer Group, who are among JBFI’s international partners, in collaboration with the MMUN secretariat sponsored two Malawian students from JB schools to attend this year’s conference.

The students are Panashe Edwin Mudzengerere and Dalitsani Tusiwe Mauluka. These are GCSE year 3 and GCSE students respectively. Selection was based on their performances in a particular contest.

They were accompanied to New York by Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) official, Dennis Mapemba.

The main objective of MMUN is to “inspire youth”. MMUN students formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world.

According to Mapemba, by assuming the perspectives of a citizen of their selected countries, MMUN students not only develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, but also learn to the respect the cultures, the political views, and the belief system of others.

“Taking on their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their UN committees will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the rights of the child, child labor, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization.

“Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation,” Mapemba told Nyasa Times in an interview.

When they arrive at the MMUN conference, students transform themselves into UN Ambassadors and assume the rights and responsibilities of world leaders, according to Mapemba.

“Their imaginations propel them to collaboratively create resolutions to the world’s most pressing problems. MMUN encourages students to know that they can make a difference,” he said.

This has been an amazing experience for Panashe Edwin Mudzengerere and Dalitsani Tusiwe Mauluka because it was the first time for Malawian students to attend an MMUN conference and that on return, they will be able to share a lot of experiences with their colleagues, according to the JBFI official.

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30 thoughts on “Joyce Banda Foundation students attend Montessori Model UN conference in America”

  1. kiko says:

    We still need u back home for judgement madam JB


  3. Reasonable Man says:

    kali kuti ka mtsikanako tikachinde ife. Munatibisira a nyasa. Kutiuza dala mochedwa. Nyini zanu.

  4. nana says:

    Panashe is zimbabwean

  5. prudence magede says:

    Keep it up JB. This is the way to leave a lasting legacy. If you never had interest of malawians at heart you could have abandoned all the students you are looking after in both secondary and university. You are a special person mum.

  6. apao says:

    working with them not working for them, doing things with them not doing things for them, JBFI, DOING IT AGAIN, PHULIKANI BASI, JB YOR!!YOR! EMPOWERING TOUTH TO BE LEADERS, AND THEY WILL MAKE AMPACT ON PIPO’S LIVES.

  7. Nasimbeni says:

    Congrats JBF, koma how did they select the Students coz Panashe Edwin Mudzengerere is the Daughter of the Headmistress, and she is not the best student for 2015 IGCS class! God Help us!

  8. Chenda says:

    This is a very good development and it is pleasing to note that selection for sponsorship was made on merit displayed by our students. Both, the students and the foundation’s administration should continue getting involved in such international activities.

  9. Kay says:

    May be it was a typo error people… May be Nyasa reporter wanted to write March. To error is to human.

  10. namarokoro says:

    Talk shops!!!

  11. Wyson mbidzi says:

    All the best mafana mukaimilire your fellow students.

  12. mwana mulopwana says:

    All the best ana inu, you have great future ahead of you, Keep it up

  13. Nangantani says:

    Hate or not but the truth is that JBF is making strides on the globe. It is the only foundation that was born outside politics and has survived. We had Shanil Muluzi Foundation, Ethel Mutharika Foundation, now BEAM, all these were and are meant to skim our taxes hence they wilt faster than they came.

  14. nthakolambuzi says:

    Malawian student PANASE Edwin Mudzengerere ATTENDED this years montessori model UN conference from MAY 26 to 29,2015 yet today is fools day April 1,2015.Reporting at its best.

    1. Those who are faulting the dates are making errors the story I am reading has the right dates of 26 and 27 March. May be I am reading while it has been corrected.

  15. Jandolipya says:

    The students attended the conference and yet the conference itself it to take place on May 26th? Typical of Nyasatimee

  16. Check the dates and tell the world the truth

  17. kk says:

    How can they attend ahead of time? Its not May 2015 yet. How reliable is the news on this site really????

  18. chaiwone wawo says:

    Nyasatimes what are you saying about the dates the students attended this function? You are a shame . Your Grammar and logic have gone down very much. We are not yet into May. For God’s sake this is just the 1st of April. What happened to editors in the Nyasatimes world? is there any proof reading on your articles? Shame on you.

  19. aus says:

    bola mwakathira diso america

  20. nenazako says:

    Very encouraging news for our young future leaders. JBFI keep it up.

  21. Wabonda says:

    Abaletatiyeni tidzinena zoona zochitika .We are not yet in May 2015 how come that these students are being featured that they are at UN when the dated being indicated have not been reached yet? Somebody answer me!!!!!

  22. namaoda says:

    They have already attended an event that will take place from 26 May. Quite amazing.

  23. opportunist says:

    Ur blessed

  24. Patriot says:

    Kuli Nankhumwa ko. Sakondwera nazo izi.
    A Getu munawasankhira zosesa mmisewu, zimenezo angapite nazo ku conference yanji? hahahaha

  25. wapano says:

    Nyasatimes, mudzikhala serious polemba nkhani. How can the students attend the function in May, when we’re just finishing march?

  26. pamsundu says:

    Ngodala misonkho yathu

  27. NKHOMA says:

    Abale tandithandizeni madeti anenedao kapena ndikukula sindikuona bwino kkkkkk
    anyasa mwatani kodi?

  28. acn says:

    JB is the true daughter of Malawi. She never relents working for the poor. God bless you Mama for your vision.

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