It is with great excitement that I announce that ALA Model African Union is moving online in 2021! Following our postponement of ALAMAU 2020, the ALAMAU team has made the decision to reimagine MAU as a virtual conference in 2021. Undeniably, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the world at large. As a community, we have had to accept that, at this time, we cannot predict the state that South Africa, alongside the wider global community, will find itself in in March next year. The health and safety of our delegates remain our biggest concerns, and we do not want to put anyone at risk of contracting the virus. Despite these obstacles, we maintain our strong commitment to providing a space where African youth can come together to discuss the continent’s greatest challenges.
The year 2021 will mark ALAMAU’s eighth session and inaugural virtual ALAMAU session, and both school delegations and individual delegates are wholeheartedly welcome to participate in the conference. As a simulation of the African Union (AU), ALAMAU offers delegates an opportunity to engage with and work toward tackling the continent's pertinent issues. The conference theme of ALAMAU 2021 is “An Africa United: Fostering Resilience Post-COVID-19.” This theme is intended to encourage deep thought surrounding the realization of a sustainable and robust recovery following the pandemic. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of unity to secure prosperity, even in the face of adversity.
Over the course of four days, delegates will be able to navigate some of these challenges through rigorous debate, as well as the drafting of resolutions and creation of action plans that will allow resolutions to come to life. The ALAMAU experience is one which allows delegates to understand the mechanisms of international and political bodies such as the AU, while also allowing them to unravel the complexities of diplomacy. In addition to gaining broader perspectives and knowledge on international relations, delegates are offered numerous opportunities to grow and develop as individuals. As participants at ALAMAU, delegates will have the opportunity to strengthen their research, public speaking, strategic thinking, and other skills. Further, our ALAMAU staff will facilitate delegates’ growth by producing individualized feedback reports on each delegate’s performance in their respective committees. We are committed to ensuring that these expectations are preserved in both our formal and informal online conference programming which will be conducted using Zoom and various other platforms.
The ALAMAU 2021 conference will be the eighth of its kind; that is to say we have celebrated seven years of identifying solutions to challenges facing the African continent, seven years of building strong and long-lasting relationships, and seven years of bringing together driven youth from across the African continent and beyond. As we enter the eighth edition of ALAMAU, I urge everyone to think about how such experiences foster individual and collective growth.
I look forward to welcoming you virtually in March and am excited to use ALAMAU as a platform for showcasing the tremendous potential and promise of our youth.
Chairperson, ALAMAU 2021