The 23rd Tanzania International Model United Nations 2020 was held in Arusha, Tanzania. It was attended by 200 participants from Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and United Kingdom under the umbrella of Youth of the United Nations Association (YUNA) hosted at the Nelson Mandela- African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) from 29th September to the 2nd of October 2020. The platform of TIMUN provides young students to interact with others and sharpens their communication skills.

Al Madrasa tus Saifiyah tul Burhaniyah Dar es Salaam, has always strived to provide its students with holistic education that enables them to develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. Eight of our students from Form 3 & 4, participated in this interactive conference.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Youth Role in Creating the Future We Want” The event focused on four sustainable goals; SDG 3, 5, 8 and 13.

The eight (8) students of Form III and Form IV who participated from MSB - Dar es Salaam were as follows;

1.Ebrahim Hakimuddin Suratwalla
2.Murtaza Yusuf Essajee,
3.Aliasgar Mujtaba Amiji
4.Batul Abdulhussein Anjari
5.Khadija Khuzema Jamaly
6.Umesalama Shabbir Akberali
7.Zainab Aliasger Dossaji
8.Amatulla Mazaher Zavery

The opening ceremony was honored to host the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign affairs and the East African Co-operations, Dr. Mwinyi Talib Haji along with GBV advocate Ms. Hortencia Nuhu, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos, UNESCO Head of Office and Representative, Prof. Emmanuel Luoga, the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology and Aikansia Muro, Senior Manager -NMB

The event had four caucus groups into which all delegates were divided. The caucuses were as follows:

1.Youth involvement in Circular Paradigm
2.Youth role in advocating against gender-based violence
3.Youth skills in decent work and employment
4.Youth role in peace building

The first day, the 75th commemoration of the United Nations with a specific focus on collecting youth’s voices for inclusion in the ongoing global conversation was organized where delegates gave their views and ideas. Thereafter a training on MUN by the past president Godfrida Magubo was held which explained new participants on the rules and regulation of MUN followed by a discussion on the thematic areas. The day concluded with an amusing display of a simulated General Assembly.

The second day began with a panel discussion on Youth Skills for Decent Work. The panelist were high officials from NMB Bank, United Nations Association, International Youth Foundation, and ACTION AID. The panelist gave insight on the available resources for youth in Africa and Tanzania in particular and how to gain access to the opportunities.

Thereafter, the delegates divided into groups where they discussed on their individual caucus as the country they were given to represent. The discussions ended and the general assembly was convened.

The third day began with a panel discussion on Gender based violence where renowned officials from Plan International, African, and Youth Representative who was a Medical doctor discussed the prevailing problems and possible solutions. After that, a presentation by Elimika Wikendi on the importance of attaining the SDGs and in turn the Millennium goals were held.

Some delegates were given the opportunity of participating in the Outreach program organized by TIMUN. The delegates talked about the 17 SDGs to Kikwe Secondary school students.

The delegates were expected to gather their points from the discussions, and form a draft resolution. Our students from MSB participated in group sessions enthusiastically giving points which were based on their designated countries as well as personal points of research and opinions.

On the last day, the General Assembly was convened whereby resolutions were submitted and one final draft was created which would be represented to the United Nations. The best caucus award went to the group discussing youth skills for decent work.

Finally, Guest of Honour Hon.Jerry Muro ~ The District Commissioner of Arumeru arrived for the presentation ceremony to present the winners and share valuable viewpoints. He stated,"There is nothing more exciting than seeing young people trusted and given opportunities to showcase our talents".

TIMUN 2020 provided a vast opportunity to our students from AMSB. Their journey to Arusha, helped them to articulate and think beyond their personal circles. They delved on world issues and shared knowledge with peers from other institutes. They realized their potential and understood the immense opportunities that lie ahead for them. The platform initiated new friendships and expanded their horizons beyond their imagination.

Our students were awarded the Certificate of Outstanding Participation and one of our students, Ebrahim Hakimuddin of Form IV was awarded The Best Male Delegate Award. It was indeed a proud moment for us.

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