The Johannesburg Model United Nations conference was founded by AISJ in 2002 with the goal of hosting a high-caliber conference in a location accessible to international as well as South African schools. JoMUN is entirely student-run, from the Secretary-General of the conference to the chairpersons of each committee.
Each committee within the conference debates different types of issues ranging from human rights to economic policy. Overall conference themes each year center on current issues in Africa such as development, security, and equality. Each committee in JoMUN debates issues related to the overall theme of the conference that has been recently discussed within the UN itself. The debates at JoMUN always mirror real-world scenarios and encourage students to come up with innovative solutions to modern day issues.
JoMUN aims to develop in students:
- Interpersonal and collaborative skills
- Public speaking skills
- Research skills
- Leadership skills (for those who act as student officers)
- An understanding of current issues in Africa
Who can get involved?
Participation in JoMUN is open to any student at AISJ from Grades 8 to 12. There are a variety of different roles available at JoMUN for students with different areas of interest.
Students from any secondary school are also very welcome to participate in JoMUN. Application forms for visiting schools are available under the "Sign Up" tab above.
Delegate: A delegate is a student who is placed in a specific committee room to represent a certain country assigned to them. Students spend time before the conference researching their country and writing resolutions to the issues up for debate. Delegates spend the conference in their committee rooms arguing either for or against resolutions based on their assigned country's position on the matter. Delegate positions are open for students of all ages and experience levels.
Secretariat Member: The Secretariat is the organizational arm of the MUN conference. Most students in the Secretariat are part of the Administration, a group of students who are in charge of all setup and logistics for the conference. Other roles include Press Corps, whose job it is to photograph and write about the proceedings of the conference and create the online conference newspaper, and the Tech Crew, students who are available throughout the conference to set up and assist with any technical issues. Secretariat members do not have any research work to do at the conference but must have problem-solving and organization skills. Secretariat positions are open for students of all ages and experience levels.
Student Officer: For experienced MUN participants who are interested in taking on a leadership role in the conference, 2-3 chairperson roles are available within each committee room. It is the chairs' role to oversee the debate in the committees and to guide the delegates in their work. Each branch of the Secretariat also has a chair who acts as a team leader.