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TAIMUN for Nothing But Nets
By Mark Helman 27-Jan-16
This year, the 13th Annual Session of the Taiwan Model United Nations (TAIMUN) Conference partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets (NBN) Campaign. The TAIMUN conference, hosted by the American School in Taichung, is a simulation event of the UN, which promotes the 21st-Century Educational goals as well as promoting student public speaking, debate, and awareness of global issues. From April 15-17, 2015 over 400 students and teachers from all over Taiwan and cities throughout East Asia were informed about the complexities related to malaria in Subsaharan Africa and the means for reducing and combatting it. The opening and closing ceremonies of the event featured student performances by the AST Bell Choir, AST student performing artists, and a Taiwanese Indigenous Choral performance from the local Fazhi Elementary School in Taichung. The keynote address was delivered by NBN Senior Campaign Associate Daniel Skallman, supported by a message to delegates from WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, which helped the audience grasp the nature and impact of malaria. Students debated issues related to this devastating disease to provide a framework for their resolution. In addition to these compelling debates, participants were treated to an exciting TAIMUN Dinner/Dance. Lastly, TAIMUN participants raised NTD 33,000 (US$1,152) in funds provided to the Nothing But Nets campaign for net purchases in the Subsaharan country of Cameroon. Mark Helman was 2014-2015 Model UN Coordinator.
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