What is Model African Union?

The Model African Union is a wonderful educational opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge about African issues while assuming the role of delegates responsible for debating and resolving issues of African and global significance. On the day of the conference, students role-play delegates to the African Union and simulate African Union committees operating within the framework of the African Union.

 

As delegates, high school students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the African Union to debate current issues, prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the African Union's rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world amicably.

 

In preparation for the conference, students will be assigned a country to research and represent. Students will work in teams to identify their country's interests and positions (both locally and globally) while learning how to successfully negotiate without compromising national interests. The goal of the Model African Union is to promote the ideals and principles of the African Union, foster greater understanding of issues facing African nations, and create a platform to discuss conflict resolution, sustainable development and diplomacy initiatives. 

 

Registration will be open until January 15th. Please note the African Studies Program has decided to implement a $10 registration fee per student to ensure the continued success of the Model African Union for years to come. The deadline to submit the registration fee is February 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact AfricanStudies@pitt.edu

 

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