Fijian youths will participate for the first time at the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington DC.
Elated Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said they were indeed fortunate that a team from Fiji will be represented at the National Model United Nations Conference Washington DC for the very first time.
He made the comment this week as he officiated at the induction and pinning of the first-ever collegiate-level Model United Nations team at FNU Natabua Campus in Lautoka.
“What pleases me more is the fact that the team is comprised entirely of women, who will compete in Washington DC, USA this November in an academic competition simulating real-life United Nations conference,” Tuitubou said.
“This is the first time Fiji will be represented at this competition.”
The minister said the journey will prepare participants to become future advocates and succeed in leadership roles.
“Although your task is to simulate international diplomats in this mock competition, the journey to doing so will equip you with the skills and tools to prepare for a future of active service to humanity. This is what we call “servant leadership” and is, in my view, the highest form of both service to the people and leadership.”
“The road ahead will not be easy – you will be asked to perform to the very top of your potential, researching, writing, and preparing for a rigorous competition.”
Meanwhile, Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Divisional Manager West, Valami Naloga, said “The Ministry of Youth and Sports and FNU agreed that creating programs exclusively for women to become future leaders on a national and global scale was an important part of our mission. Participating in activities requiring public speaking, negotiating with large groups, researching and writing, and simulating as a diplomat, allows women to effect positive changes in their own lives and their communities, with positive ripple effects for the whole country.”
The team will be sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Fiji National University.