JoMUN is the Johannesburg Model United Nations conference. JoMUN is a THIMUN-affiliated conference that was started in 2002 to allow students in Southern Africa to participate in MUN in a location closer to home. Since 2002, JoMUN has grown to be a well-known conference which has participation from schools from all around Africa and some further afield. The main difference between JoMUN and many of its counterparts is its focus on issues in Africa. Each year the JoMUN organizing committee develops a theme for the conference which reflects issues specific to the countries and the peoples of Africa. Each of the issues debated in committee rooms is one which has been of recent focus in the actual United Nations and is linked in some way to the theme of the conference. The idea is to develop a deeper understanding of problems facing Africa whilst also developing a deeper understanding, respect,and tolerance for the differences of this vast continent.
JoMUN aims to develop in students:
- interpersonal skills and collaborative work
- public speaking skills
- global mindedness
- an awareness of international relations and issues
- strategies to develop solutions to real-world problems
- an understanding of the issues specific to Africa and possible solutions
- leadership skills (for Student Officer roles)
Who can be involved?
JoMUN is very much a student-led and run conference. Teachers are available as consultants and support, but final decisions, the running and the overall success of the conference are in the hands of students. Participation in JoMUN is open to any student at AISJ from Grades 8-12. Students may take on a number of different roles depending on their interest:
- Students who are interested in debating issues and learning about the world may choose to take on a role as a delegate of a country or organization in a committee room
- Some students who may prefer to do essential support work may choose to be a member of the administrative, press or tech corps; these students will not have large research tasks or be required to speak publicly, but their role in making JoMUN a success is just as valuable as that of any committee delegate
- We also have roles for students who have experience with MUN conferences to take on a leadership position as a committee chair or president, or even in running the whole conference as the Secretary General or Deputy Secretary General
Students from other schools are also very welcome to apply to participate in the JoMUN conference. We welcome schools from all around the world. Students from other schools may take on the role of a delegate or committee chair.