MGC STUDENT DELEGATES TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
(Cochran, GA) – Middle Georgia College students traveled to Washington, D.C. as delegates to the Ninth Annual National Model African Union Conference, held February 24-28, 2011. The five student delegates were: Charlesmichael Ndonga, Aerospace Engineering major and head of the MGC delegation, Alisha A. Arora, GAMES student and member of the A.U. Peace & Security Committee, Eddie Barnes, Airport Management major and member of the A.U. Committee on Social Affairs, Martha Lawrence, GAMES student and member of the A.U. Executive Committee, Khirri Virgil, Logistics Management major and member of the A.U. Committee on Economic Matters.
The student delegates are members of the MGC SEMAU Team (Southeast Model African Union). The SEMAU program is co-sponsored by the University System of Georgia's Africa Council and the 35 institutions in the University System. Each of the 35 institutions selects one or more countries in Africa to represent at the Annual Regional Model African Union Conference. The Model African Union is a simulation of the African Union (A.U.), an organization of 54 African countries. The Model A.U. is the counterpart of the Model U.N. Students who participate in this simulation program are referred to as "delegates."
For the past nine years, MGC students have participated in this annual simulation program. Participation in the program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about parliamentary procedures & debates, coalition building, conflict resolution, and diplomatic conduct. It also provides a unique opportunity for college and university students to study Africa, the African Union and the world. The Model experience is one of the most satisfying educational experiences anyone can have.
Over forty-five U.S. colleges and universities attended the Ninth Annual National Model African Union Conference in Washington, D.C. Among these institutions were: the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Penn State University, Colgate University, California State University, (The) Ohio State University, United States Air Force Academy, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University and University of Chicago.