Initiative develops global citizenship and executive function in tomorrow’s leaders
United Arab Emirates: In an ongoing effort to empower the UAE youth through education and skills development, Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”) again sponsored the Middle East Model United Nations (“MMUN”) Mini-pre-cursor Conference, which took place at Al Ebdaa (Girls) Model School in Dubai on 17 and 18 May 2016. Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, this year’s MMUN conference focused on 'Climate Change and Its Effects'. Some 150 to 200 Emirati students from an assortment of schools operating under the Dubai Education Zone and the Ministry of Education were invited to participate in a complete simulation of a United Nations (“UN”) Committee meeting.
The students, who took on the role of ambassadors of 25 countries, were trained for two days prior to the actual simulation, helping them understand and reach resolutions benefitting the climate change position and needs from their appointed country’s perspective. Teachers attending the training were encouraged by the MMUN to help their students benefit from the exercises in leadership, global citizenship and executive functions; as well as to learn skills to improve these attributes in their students. Teachers and students alike were taught an intrinsic growth mind-set, which encourages problem-solving and equips individuals to take their next steps on the international stage.
Commenting on EGA’s involvement, Khalid Buhumaid (Senior Vice President, Government Relations) said: “EGA is committed to creating an enduring legacy for the communities where we operate, and ensuring rewarding development opportunities through education initiatives is a key part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) strategy. EGA’s support for the MMUN stems from our belief that the UAE’s youth should be encouraged and supported on their road to becoming the strategic thinkers and future leaders of the world.”
A long-standing supporter of the MMUN in the UAE, EGA also enabled six high school students engaged in the MMUN programme to present at the WFES 2016 Student Forum. Each student gave a one-minute speech at the forum during a session entitled ‘UN Habitat Youth Speech’, using the opportunity to express their thoughts on renewable and sustainable energy.
In 2014, EGA sponsored 100 students’ attendance at an MMUN students’ conference, held in Dubai at Al Ittihad Private School in Jumeirah, Dubai. The conference provided a forum for students to learn and debate the global issue of ‘Water’. Similarly, in 2015, EGA sponsored 150 students to attend the MMUN Pre-cursor Conference at Al Ebdaa Model School and Al Ittihad Private School. The focus of the 2015 event was 'Renewable Energy', with students engaging in active debates on the issue.