Dar Al-Hekma University launched the Sixth Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. The conference opening ceremony was on Saturday, November 26, 2015 under the theme “The Light of Justice: A Glowing Torch or a Burnt Out Flame?” The three-day event was held in Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Auditorium in Dar Al-Hekma University and ended with a gala on Sunday, November 29, 2014 to celebrate the delegates.
“Creativity is a muscle that our students in Dar Al-Hekma University get to train throughout the educational journey which is a very important skill to acquire. Graduating a wholesome personality; spiritual, developmental, physical, intellectual, and social responsibility is the aim of Dar Al-Hekma University. Thus, clubs like Dar Al-Hekma University’s MUN are an integral part of the educational process because it gives the student practical experience that foster creativity and sharpen their overall personality growth,” said the President of Dar Al-Hekma University Dr. Suhair Hassan Al-Qurashi.
Since the beginning of the academic year, the MUN Club in Dar Al-Hekma University has been conducting bimonthly workshops to prepare the club members for the conference. Moreover, a week before the opening Dar Al-Hekma University MUN club conducted a one day intensive workshop for all the delegates to sharpen their understanding of the rules and regulations of the MUN.
The conference is the initiative of the MUN club members in Dar Al-Hekma and was led by Dr. Chaman Rahim the advisor and founder of the club. The club started back in 2007 and now has over 150 members.
Five committees were included in the sixth Dar Al-Hekma MUN Conference; General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Historical Cabinet, World Health Organization and ECOSOC. Delegates are assigned to one of these committees representing a certain country to debate a variety of topics such as “Political and Economic Upliftment of Africa”, “Eradicating Ethnic Cleansing and Genocides Throughout the World”, “Abolition of Slavery in America and Rights of Blacks after their Emancipation”, “Marine Life Destruction (Caused By Human’s Commercial Activities)” and “Corruption in Deliverance of Foreign Aid”. The debates lasted three days and were concluded with a gala to celebrate the delegates.
The participated delegates were awarded at the concluding gala as following: the best delegate of General Assembly was Ms. Aamna Azam Ali, representing France, from Dar Al-Hekma University and the honorable mention was Ms. Alya Alangari, representing China, from Jeddah Knowledge International School and Ms. Imama Aleem, representing Niger, from University of Punjab Pakistan. The best delegate of Human Rights Council was Ms. Lujain Jan, representing Albania, from Jeddah Knowledge International School and the honorable mention was Ms. Amal Fazal, representing Mexico, from Dar Al-Hekma University and Ms. Rabiya Saman, representing Syria, from International Indian School Jeddah. The best delegate of Historical Cabinet was Ms. Leen Hajar, representing the State of New York from Jeddah Knowledge International School and the honorable mention was Ms. Noureen Shah, representing State of Kentucky Indian International School in Jeddah and Ms. Haleema Hadawadi, representing State of Michigan from Jeddah Knowledge International School. The best delegate of World Health Organization was Ms. Tayyba Baig, representing New Zealand, from Dar al Hekma University and the honorable mention was Ms. Iman Aqeel Khan, representing Germany, from Indian International School in Jeddah and Ms. Hatoon Muhammad, representing France, from Dar Al Hekma University. The best delegate of ECOSOC was Ms. Leena Saleh, representing Kazakhstan, from Indian International School in Jeddah and the honorable mention was Ms. Marlyn Susan George, representing Sweden, from Indian International School in Jeddah and Ms. Haneen Al-Dabbagh, representing USA, from Jeddah Knowledge International School. Finally, the best delegation was a tie between Dar Al-Hekma University and the Indian International School in Jeddah.
Dar Al-Hekma University organized the Sixth MUN Conference in the university campus only after preparing and delivering training workshops that equip the delegates to be effective participant of the conference. The training was delivered bimonthly during the academic year 2015-2016 plus an intensive workshop on Saturday November 14, 2015.