Model African Union (MAU) is a simulation of the African Union. It is not a competition like Model UN. The goal of MAU is for students to study the role, structure, and activities of the African Union (AU) as well as the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of AU member states in the arena of the intra-African diplomacy. Through simulation, students learn about African countries and the issues faced and seek solutions together in the style of the AU.
Before the conference, students are assigned an African country to represent and given agenda items/issues that will be debated and resolved at the event. Students research and develop an understanding of the agenda items so that they can comfortably negotiate and reach consensus. We have resources to help teachers and students prepare. During the MAU conference, students negotiate as delegates representing their assigned countries and reach consensus on issues. After a consensus is reached, they write a resolution together to help address the issues discussed.
The African Union was established in 2002 to promote international cooperation, economic development, and improve the livelihoods of the African people. The African Union is comprised of 54 member states and is headquartered in Addis Ababa. The African Union hosts annual summits to discuss key issues facing the continent.