Each year, all new delegates to JoMUN are invited to attend a Bootcamp training session to become familiar with the purpose, processes, and rules of MUN. Last year's training was planned for and run by the JoMUN chairs. The Bootcamp for JoMUN XVI was held Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Bootcamp for JoMUN XVII is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Please find a report from our Press team on the proceedings of JoMUN XVI's Bootcamp below.
Boot Camp Kickstarts JoMUN
By Eleanor Krzywda, Grade 10
During an intensive four hour Boot Camp on Saturday 18 August 2018, new delegates learned what JoMUN - Johannesburg Model United Nations - is all about.
After an icebreaker helping delegates feel more comfortable with each other, they learned how JoMun operates through its committees and the process of debates.
Most delegates were assigned a country to represent at JoMUN. An important part of Boot Camp concentrated on delegates learning about their respective country profiles, which includes information such as their country views on issues which will be up for debate.
Delegates then learned about committees - a group of delegates who debate subjects relating to their committee topic, such as human rights. They also discovered what committee they had been assigned, who else was on the committee, and about Chairs, students who are responsible for running those committees.
A core part of JoMUN is the debates on issues between countries. Delegates were briefed on the rules and procedures of debating, ensuring debates run smoothly and fairly.
Reaction to the Boot Camp was positive, with delegates saying it was a way to contribute and learn in a fun way, and it gave an informative and educational insight into what to expect from JoMUN.
Special thanks to Mr. Simon Brown for his help with this article.