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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kiko
6 years ago

We still need u back home for judgement madam JB

Lufita boy
6 years ago

ok chabwino

okonda malawi
6 years ago

BRAVO J:B CHAKANIKA CHI PETER PAUPRESIDENT 2019 BOMA PP I MIS U COME BACK PLEAS LAMUNYELELA MTHALIKA BOMA KUNO AMANGOFUNA KUKUWONONGESANI MBIRI YANU THAWI YA KAPENI MAMA COME BACK PLEASE.

Reasonable Man
Reasonable Man
6 years ago

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

nana
nana
6 years ago

Panashe is zimbabwean

prudence magede
prudence magede
6 years ago

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.

apao
apao
6 years ago

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.

Nasimbeni
Nasimbeni
6 years ago

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!

Chenda
Chenda
6 years ago

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.

Kay
Kay
6 years ago

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

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