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SHE Club to support the SDGs

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By Ella Sobhani, MUN Delegate at Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego

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I started SHE Club at my high school to try and promote a different view of pulling communities out of poverty, which is the education of young women.  The participants of my club share the priority to: serve others in the community and beyond, embrace diversity in the sense of age, race and gender, and promote the importance of equality and education for all.   Our club initiative is to work towards alleviating global poverty and to support community-led transformation such that no child ever goes to bed hungry, or is lost to preventable diseases, or is deprived of gift of education for lack of resources.  We believe that the keys to alleviating poverty are universal education, gender equality, and community building. In this sense, our initiative highly aligns with SDGs 1, 4, & 5.

The activities my club participates in include fundraising events in which the funds raised go primarily to The Mona Foundation which provides education to all children, increasing opportunities for women and girls, and emphasizing service to the community.  We are looking to expand into more hands-on service opportunities like tutoring refugee girls in our area.

I link this to my own Model UN activity by learning about the world and its international relations within the conferences, and using this knowledge to fuel what cause SHE Club will support and work to help.  MUN was a big part in informing my decision to start a humanitarian club because as I began to learn about the world’s issues, it inspired me to take direct action to help solve them.

My hope for this club is that our members leave with a sense of making a change in our world.  I’d also like to see the topic of women’s education come up more when brainstorming ways to alleviate poverty because women are the most influential aspects of the communities, they are the ones raising the upcoming generation.

 

Dancing ’round the World

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By Evan Williams, MUN Impact Press and John Burroughs student

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On February 9th, the students of John Burroughs School in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA convened in their community’s field house for an evening of celebration dubbed “Dance Marathon.” The biennial event, often viewed as a means to let loose by the students, is underscored by a philanthropic goal. This year though, the dancefloor had a distinctive feel, as the student body was supporting Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan (HELA), an organization with which Burroughs has a storied history. The delegates of the John Burroughs MUN team have met with the HELA delegates on several occasions and have developed somewhat of a rapport. This is the heart and soul of Dance Marathon, assisting in efforts to lift people up. William Bartnett, a current senior at John Burroughs, and a press member of the MUN team had this to say of the event: “I’m pleased we were able to rally the community around giving so much support to an organization that is doing amazing work in a part of the world that desperately needs it.”

HELA is a group effecting visible change, and Jakes Steinkamp, also a current senior at John Burroughs, and one of the members of the Dance Marathon planning committee noted that he thinks their effectiveness is one of the reasons this year’s turnout was unusually large, saying, “Having the money go to HELA encouraged not only the students, but also local businesses to donate. People are more inclined to give when the change is something they can see.”

In total, the event raised $23,187, half of which has been sent to HELA to support their growing ambitions. HELA is currently gearing up for their own international MUN conference in Afghanistan in an attempt to draw the focus of young world leaders to the Middle-East and spark a discourse in their backyard.

The spirit of Dance Marathon, according to Bartnett, is “generosity,” just as it is the spirit of HELA. Giving back to one’s community is central to the idea of MUN. This event is not only an exercise in humanity, but an indicator of global kinship, and has left an impact on the communities involved.

Fund a Child -MUN Impact in Dar-Es Salam

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By Joon Alibhai, MUN Delegate from the International School of Tanganyika

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Our passport to understanding the complex world that we are part of - education - may be readily available for some. However, for others, it is a dream that almost never comes true. Due to the lack of opportunities for education, trying to navigate through this slippery world is a grueling, perplexing, and simply tragic reality for many. A basic human right is being denied to millions of children around the world, and despite the recent efforts for gender equality, over half of the children not in school are girls. According to UNESCO, over 31 million girls are not attending school, and the impact this has on their futures is extremely unfortunate.

Fortunately, educational pursuits such as Model United Nations (MUN) have successfully been able to foster youth leadership. Worldwide, devoted MUNers are establishing life-changing projects for the betterment of the world. One example of this can be found in the International School of Tanganyika, in Tanzania. Fund A Child (FAC) is an initiative started by a few students through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) program with the aim of fully sponsoring education for  underprivileged girls in the local area of Dar-Es-Salaam.

Head of Marketing for FAC, Vijay Krishnan explained that, “the self-sustaining service activity that works hand in hand with a local beneficiary, CHIPUA, has managed to donate money for the completion of secondary education of 7 girls (including textbooks, any needed stationary, tables and chairs) through sponsors and fundraisers.” Project president Veer Visaria said that “MUN has given me insight on pressing global issues, and taught me how to diplomatically lead a group of inspired young delegates.” This year the service group has raised $4000 from two fundraising activities, and now sponsor an additional six girls for education.

This #MUNIMPACT story demonstrates how much of a butterfly effect MUN really has outside of the conference’s annual bubble. Students like Visaria are continuously channeling their passion to create a better world, and THIMUN is helping them find their voice.

Plug-in Model United Nations: connecting clubs through tech donations

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By Evan Williams, MUN Impact Reporter

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We live in a world which is dominated by technology. Without access to computers, phones, or some other device with the capacity to connect us to the internet, we might as well make like Thoreau and settle in for the long haul of a hermit’s life. All jokes aside, it is a gravely serious matter. Students who are left without adequate resources to technology and the benefits that come with it can easily be left behind—can miss opportunities. What a great misfortune it would be for brilliant young people to remain hidden, for their ideas and creations to fall through the cracks merely due to lack of something as basic as a functioning computer.

Two years ago, Madison Swanson recognized just this possibility. Then a senior at John Burroughs School in Saint Louis, Missouri, she was inspired by her experiences at THIMUN, and in particular, her interaction with the HELA (Hope in Education and Leadership in Afghanistan) delegation, to start Plug-in Model United Nations (PiMUN). The mission of PiMUN, according to Madison, is to “further the MUN education of students in less developed countries (LDC’s) by giving them access to used, fully-functional laptop computers.” The business model is fairly simple, yet effective. In its essence, PiMUN works as such: schools, businesses, organizations, and individuals who have technology for which they no longer have any use can have the devices’ memories wiped, then send them to PiMUN. From there, the devices will be sent to those in need. Former recipients of PiMUN devices include HELA, the first MUN delegation in Afghanistan, as well as Skateistan, a group who strives to “empower youth through skateboarding and education.”

Madison and PiMUN embody what is great about MUN: it connects people. Whether these connections be emotional, intellectual, made in person, or made online, they work towards a global community working towards solutions to real world problems together. PiMUN allows students from all across the globe to confer via Skype, to chat about resolutions, breaking news, ideas, or just chat if they so please.

Today, Madison attends George Washington University in Washington D.C. Tomorrow, she could very well lead some unforeseen global initiative. The beauty of it? We’ll know when that happens—all of us will, HELA and Skateistan included, because we’ll get the news alert on our computers and/or phones—because we’ll be connected.