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I am Dilara ALAN who is a 10th grade student in Elazığ Final Schools and I am serving as the secretary general of MUNEF2017 with a great pleasure. It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you all to the first session of Modal United Nations Elazığ Final Schools (MUNEF) conference in Elazığ which will be held from 31st March to 2nd April,2017. MUNEF is the first international MUN conference in the eastern part of the Turkey and main purposes of this conference are to enable students to have a better knowledge of the world they live in, raise awareness for the global problems, be able express themselves in an international area, to improve social, cultural and language learning skills and to create a learning environment in which students will be familiar with using the official language and diplomacy language. As the Academic Team of MUNEF2017, our aim is to make this year’s conference an unforgettable and life-changing experience for all participants.
MUNPlanet: You are a team of high school students organizing an MUN. How did you first discover your love for MUNs? What has inspired you to go so far as to organize your own MUN?
As a team, we have different qualifications with different personalities however we all convergence that Attending an MUN conference is the best way to understand what happens in the World and how it all Works. Our passionate English Teacher and currently working as Head of MUNEF2017 announced about MUN conferences and told us each of the rules of MUN conferences. After attending MUN conferences, we all noticed that MUN and politics are the significant points that we all want to do in our life. To achieve so, we wanted to organize the first MUN conference of our region in our school with a diligent ambition.
MUNPlanet: You are members of Final Youth Club in Elazığ Final Schools. How did you first hear about it and how did you decide to join? What does this club offer to the students?
Our English Teacher, Anıl İPEKÇİ informed us about this club at the first day of the school, as passionate and social students we all wanted to take a role in this club. It offers to students to look at things internationally and thanks to this club, we gain new qualifications like leading, socializing and critical thinking.
MUNPlanet: In its 35 years of existence, Elazığ Final Schools provided highest quality education for the region. Can you tell us more about school’s work and its history?
As one of the biggest education companies, 'Final Group' has been established in Elazığ on the base of providing highest quality education for the region. Having the motto 'for both exam and life success' Final Group today has reached the peak with many productive educational institutions across Turkey. As you see, Final schools has spread the Turkey with starting from Elazığ.
MUNPlanet: Your school’s motto is 'for both exam and life success'. Do you, as students, think that education today prepares students for real life?
If we look at the education system of today’s in general; When students go to school, they are indoctrinated by scenario: work hard, rewarded did well, get a college, and finally you will have a job. But in the future, it is not guarantee anymore, not if the route to it marginalises what you think important about yourself. Moreover, facing the unpredictable economic circumstances. People are far away from real values of the World. However, our school is aimed to prepare students for future and obstacles that we will face during our life. As students, we can take active roles in organizations to understand more about the World, besides we get ready for the exam with amazing teachers.
This is not the first high school MUN conference in Turkey, this is the first MUN conference in Eastern part of Turkey so it is relatively new for our region.
MUNPlanet: Students improve on many fronts after attending MUNs, that’s a fact. What are some skills that you want to improve, and what do you hope to get out of participating in Model UNs? What is your biggest motivation when it comes to MUN conferences?
Modal United Nations simulation brings unity and helps us to expand our boundaries of knowledge. In addition to this function, it is a community where you can improve your level of critical thinking, effective learning, better understanding, socializing and leading. These are the key skills you will acquire that will serve you well in every sphere of your life. Before an MUN conference, we will like real diplomats therefore participating an MUN conference makes us so excited.
MUNPlanet: What are you most excited for at this edition of MUNEF? What makes MUNEF stand out among other conferences?
MUNEF is aimed to be the real simulation of united Nations. Our staff is comprised of capable and experienced students who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that every participant of this year’s conference is comfortable and confident. Additionally our fellow participants will get the chance to be the future peacekeepers. MUNEF will make you live the best moments of your life!
MUNPlanet: Since this is a high school level conference, it is very likely that many of the participants will be first timers. What advice would you have for them? How would you convince them to participate?
We accept first comers to MUN conference but we believe that experienced delegates will take role in our conference too. For the first comers, after you attend this conference you will realize that MUN is what you exactly want to do in your life just like us. You will have the chance to improve your skills and to meet with our lovely MUNEF family! Don’t be afraid, we look forward to seeing all of you.
You divulge one of our plans with that question! Great coffees and tasty surprises will be waiting for you!
MUNPlanet: How can the role of new technologies and new communities such as MUNPlanet affect the future of MUNs?
MUN conferences needs to be increased in all over the World especially for high school and college students to get ready for the future of our World. New Technologies are the best way to spread MUN conferences. Thanks to MUNPLANET, we have the opportunity to learn more about MUN. Thank you all very much for having this interview with us. We are glad to meet with the lovely family of MUNPlanet.
Dilara,thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you, your school and your conference. MUNPlanet strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Good luck and we wish you all the best!