Help student attend youth UN debates

BRIGHT MIND:
University of Fort Hare student
Zilungile Mbali is in need of sponsorship to attend the Africa Global
Model United Nations, which is due to take place in Egypt in July Picture : SUPPLIED

Gifted second-year University of Fort Hare law student Zilungile Mbali needs sponsorship to help fund her attendance to the 2020 Africa Global Model United Nations (Agmun). It is set to be held in Egypt from July 2 to 5. The programme is an educational simulation of UN debates organised by the International Global Youth Network (IGYN). It lets young people to learn more about diplomacy, international relations and the UN.

“Agmun is an exciting opportunity for young people to foster dialogue on creating change and promoting peace and youth participation worldwide,” Mbali said.

“It honours delegates from all over the world and encourages them to discuss and
come up with possible solutions to a given problem area.”

Born in Mount Frere, Mbali was raised by her grandmother. “In 2013, I was awarded eight academic certificates and recognised as the number one learner at Zamazulu Secondary
School.

“Similarly, in 2014, I was awarded eight academic certificates ,” she said.

Mbali carried on collecting academic accolades and in her matric year, she was selected to
attend the Pietermaritzburg High Flyer camp, which was sponsored by Amcor.
During her first year at university, Mbali participated in a Junior Moot Court Competition.

“This year, I am working on establishing a human rights student chapter at UFH, of which I am the chairperson at both the East London and Alice campus,” Mbali said.

“I am also the treasurer of University of Fort Hare Paralegals . “Earlier this year, I
was appointed by the Student Litigation Society to become the regional coordinator.”

Agmun administrator Rodney Mudyahot said Mbali had been selected as an outstanding candidate to attend the upcoming conference. Her selection was based on her “capacity for leadership, concern about global issues, ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas, teamwork and evidenced commitment to volunteering or other extracurricular activities”.

“Agmun strives to create a community of ambitious and talented delegates from all corners of the globe who feel passionate about our future and recognise their power to mould it,” he said.

“It is driven by an educational mission that intends to shed light on the importance
of collaboration, the art of diplomacy and the value of key skills such as research, public speaking, debate and negotiation.

“The theme for Agmun’s conference is ‘Youth Voice to Action!’, and we are committed to delivering a truly meaningful and inspiring experience in Cairo ,” Mudyahot said.

The total cost for the trip is about R10,000, which includes a passport, visa, flight ticket and accommodation. Anyone who is willing to assist Mbali can e-mail her at Zilungile.mbali2@gmail.com or contact her on 063-005-8311.

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