It is very interesting to track the evolution of the idea of the ‘models’, which have become a key pillar of the WYF. In these models, active youth represent their countries to discuss challenges and make their voices heard to the world.
The idea of the models mainly depended on the youth who are able to debate the main issues of their countries, devoting themselves to have a better future for their countries. Every speaker in MAAS was expected to be fully aware of the situation of their countries. One of the most significant challenges is gathering speakers from different countries, in addition to overcoming the differences between the cultures and backgrounds of the speakers, and promoting mutual respect between them.
There is a need to motivate the youth to learn about World issues and to become an active and a more concerned global citizen.
Model United Nations
MUN was the gateway to have young people from all over the world to come and participate in a fun experience and to pretend to be a world leader solving the world’s most important problems in 48 hours or less.
“Combating threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts”, was a cause that had occupied the mind of our young delegates, as well as, States and nations. This was the main topic of the MUN and by the end of the 3 days, they came out with recommendations.
The MUN worked on key points that had been the target of WYF from Day one: Meet new people – public speaking – Global issues – Diplomacy – Negotiation skills – Debate – Leadership – Teambuilding – Creativity – Confidence.
Behind the scenes there was a totally different experience that added value to our colleagues who were in charge of tasks like selecting, interviewing, and managing logistics for the international delegates during the conference. The experience was unique and offered an unique opportunity to communicate with foreigners, and engage in a new work field
MAAS as an added value
The experience of the model had countless benefits, for both the participants and organisers. One that added to the team members’ personalities and helped them create an important network of relations with people from different cultures. Majd Talal, the speaker of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the model, said, “I always heard that Egypt is the ‘Mother of the world’ — ‘Om Eldonia’ — when I was young, but I only realised the meaning of that description when I visited it. After my experience in the WYF, I fell in love with Egypt. I will not exaggerate if I say that the acceptance of my participation in WYF was the best thing that ever happened in my life.”
One of the representatives of Sudan living in Egypt, Tibyan Fatih, also shared her experience with us in the WYF and MAAS. “The experience of the WYF was one of the great experiences I had in Egypt. It was a great experience overall, and I can confidently recommend it to people living in Egypt and abroad,” said Fatih.
To sum up, the models generally, and MAAS specifically, were considered an exceptional experience with extensive interaction between participants from all over the world, who felt as if they are one family.
Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
The Union for the Mediterranean is an intergovernmental organisation that includes around 28 European Union countries and 15 Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. Generally, the UfM addresses three pillars: stability, human development, and integration.
The Model Union for the Mediterranean (MUfM) is a simulation for the Union for the Mediterranean which attempts to educate participants about various topics and current events in the region. The model aims to foster global citizenship in youth around the world.