Posted by Rob Cook Youth Chair on Aug 28, 2022
The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) was held at Nossal High School on Saturday 20 August. Twenty teams of two students representing various countries participated in the youth program - which increases students' awareness of other cultures & opinions, improves their public speaking & debating skills, and gives them opportunity make new friends & build Rotary connections.  
The teams debated three resolutions on the topics of: climate change, violence against women & girls, and space governance. The teams had to research their given country's stance on these issues and debate the resolutions from the perspective of their country.
The students participating were from years 10, 11, or 12 and came from a range of government and private schools across both districts - this was a joint Districts 9820 and 9810 event.
This was the first in-person MUNA event since COVID lockdowns, so the MUNA committee is delighted that the event went off without a hitch.
 
Several awards were presented at the conclusion of MUNA:
  -  People's Choice Award was awarded to China, from Nossal High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Casey
  -  Best Dressed Delegation was awarded to Saudi Arabia, from Frankston High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Frankston
  -  Peace Trophy was awarded to Ethiopia, from Mentone Girls' Secondary College, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mordialloc
  -  Encouragement Award was awarded to Democratic Republic of the Congo, from Nossal High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Casey
  -  Best Overall Delegation Runner Up was awarded to Germany, from Presbyterian Ladies' College, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Box Hill-Burwood
  -  Best Overall Delegation was awarded to India, from Mullauna Secondary College, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mitcham
 
MUNA is fantastic youth program that can build connections with young people and schools in your club's area, and only requiring a relatively small sponsorship fee from your club. If your club wasn't involved in sponsoring a team at this MUNA, I highly recommend doing so next year!