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Ghana excels at Harvard Model UN

The Ghana delegation at the Harvard Model UN meeting

Ghana has won four awards at the prestigious Harvard University National Model United Nations (MUN) Conference in Boston, USA.  The highly competitive engagement was moderated by some renowned university professors and UN experts.

Ghana has participated in the conference for four consecutive years. 

The conference was organised by Harvard University and Resolution Social Venture Challenge.

Ghana’s delegation, led by the Executive Director of Life-Link Friendship Schools Ghana, Mr Ernest Gyimah-Danquah, included 12 students from four tertiary institutions namely the University of Ghana, University of Mines and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

They were selected to represent Ghana after they had emerged winners in a local contest held in Accra last year under the auspices of Life-Link Friendship Schools Ghana.

Project teams

The students’ delegation constituted themselves into two project teams: Team Eureka, represented by Kobby Afari-Yeboah, Harriet Adare and Hilary Adare, worked on a social venture aimed at creating awareness and promoting advocacy on child dyslexia and professed support for the funding and training of identified dyslexics in underprivileged schools in Ghana.

Team “Explore a New Language,”  led by Rejoice Dufie, explored an initiative of an Edukidz Language Centre. The project aims at promoting language education in children, especially orphans.

Thinking platform

Mr Gyimah-Danquah told journalists that the five-day event offered a critical thinking platform for participating students.

Founded in 1955, the Harvard National Model United Nations MUN is the largest, oldest and most prestigious of the MUN Conferences held in major locations around the world.  Staffed entirely by Harvard College undergraduates, HNMUN brings over 3,000 students and faculties together from colleges and universities around the world to simulate the activities of the United Nations. HNMUN offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy.

Courtesy call on UN Ambassador

The Resolution Project is a non-profit dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship, while the Resolution Social Venture Challenge allows undergraduate students to build teams and submit their plans for an actual social venture that will make positive impact.

The delegation later paid a courtesy call on Ghana's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Martha Pobee, who congratulated the team for bringing honour to the nation.  

Every year, Life Link Friendship Schools Ghana organises series of  MUN programmes for junior and senior high schools, as well as tertiary institutions, to train future diplomats.