The following is the Press Release–sorry I’m a little late posting it…………..
On Saturday, May 5th five young people from Kriva Palanka traveled to Stip to participate in the second annual Macedonian Model United Nations. They were Sandra Stojanovska, Nela Peshovska, Viktorija Jakimovska, Ivana Stefanovska, and Vlatko Todorovski. After practicing for 3 months with their team sponsor Linda Reynolds (Peace Corps Volunteer working at the Municipality), they were well prepared to represent the country ofArgentina as UN delegates. Examples of the issues debated were Maternal Mortality, Food Security, Climate Change, Child Labor, and other world security issues.
Altogether there were 151 youth from 17 cities and towns throughout Macedonia that participated. There were 24 countries represented as each team researched the issues from their assigned country’s point of view. During the conference the young people debated the issues, formed alliances, wrote resolutions and voted on them. This experience taught them how to think critically about world issues, the rules of international debate, and the art of compromise to reach a resolution.
When asked if they would do it again despite all the hard work of preparation, all five young people responded with an enthusiastic YES! Reynolds said, “I am very pleased and very proud of these young people. They represented the issues forArgentinavery vigorously, but more importantly they were outstanding representatives of our town of Kriva Palanka. It is amazing to me that they could perform on such a high level for a full day in a foreign language (English). Their town, their families, and their teachers should also be proud.” Each participant received an official certificate.
The day was well-organized, the materials provided were excellent and even lunch was included. The event was organized by Peace Corps Volunteers, and supported by grants from the Friends of Macedonia, and the American Embassy. Logistical support was provided by The Coalition of Youth Organizations СЕГА out of Prilep and the University Goce Delchev in Stip donated the use of the Economic Faculty building w
here the event was held.