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Tuesday, 05 December 2017

2017 Youth Wildlife Forum

SAIIA, in collaboration with the US Mission to South Africa, will host a regional Wildlife Youth Forum on combatting wildlife trafficking and conservation.
An extraordinary group of high school learners from across the country will be presenting their research findings and recommendations on topics such as water scarcity, food security and illegal mining. These presentations will draw connections between local challenges and successes, as well as South African policies and international plans such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Monday, 20 November 2017

Our #KidsTakeOver Featured

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Universal Children’s Day is a United Nations initiative promoting togetherness, awareness and improved welfare of children across the globe. The observance was established in 1954 and is celebrated on 20 November each year.
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On 25 October Youth@SAIIA hosted a one-day workshop with intelligent, passionate young delegates from across Africa between the ages of 13 and 23. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the emerging youth demographic in Africa and brainstorm a youth statement ahead of the official launch of the new UNICEF Generation 2030 Africa 2.0 report and campaign.
Monday, 23 October 2017

Youth powering ahead for COP 23 Featured

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This year’s official South African youth delegate to COP23 is Youth Policy Committee Member and Gauteng Focal Point, Ditebogo Lebea. Ditebogo is 20 years old, and is a second-year student at Wits University. She will be providing us daily updates from Bonn for the duration of the conference.

World leaders have gathered in New York for the start of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Emphasising ‘peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet’, the 193 member states will be meeting until 25 September. This Saturday, over 500 high school learners from across South Africa will be participating in the annual SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference, to discuss many of the same issues facing the General Assembly.
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Each year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) holds a special Southern Africa Civil Society Forum. The 13th annual Forum took place last week, in Johannesburg. Members of the SAIIA Youth Policy Committee and alumni of the SAIIA Young Leaders Conference were there, to provide an eye-witness account of the proceedings.

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International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2017, is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention, inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Naafia Amod from SAIIA’s Youth Programme argues that African youth are uniquely placed to provide inclusive and informed leadership through the challenges facing our shared world.

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International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2017, is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention, inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Gugulethu Resha from SAIIA’s Youth Policy Committee reflects here on some of the contributions already being made by South African youth.

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In a time of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which South Africa has committed to, all sectors and stakeholders are required to participate, incorporate and implement the SDGs into their operations. The mining sector is an important sector that can either facilitate or hinder progress. While the mining sector can promise economic development, job opportunities, business development, increased revenues and infrastructure linkages, it also has the potential to impact negatively on the SDGs through environmental degradation, displacement of populations, worsening economic and social inequality, gender-based violence, corruption, health and human rights degradation.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

2017 SAIIA Young Leaders Conference Featured

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Southern Africa’s brightest young minds presented their recommendations on harnessing the potential of young people and the emerging youth demographic in Africa.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) aims to create societies who hold the governments responsible for ensuring effective and responsive governance structures. Civil society engagement on topics surrounding open governance are direly needed, specifically engagement from a youth lens. Being from a founding member country, South African youth are in a special position to hold their government accountable and voice their opinions surrounding the OGP.
The South African Institute of International Affairs and the Global Challenges Foundation cordially invite you to Africa’s Role in Governing Global Risks: Emerging Voices from the Continent.
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Youth@SAIIA has partnered with UNICEF South Africa to raise awareness on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues. In October 2016, we did a series of WASH related model UNICEF conferences, and have invited some of the participants to write for our youth blog as they continue their work on wash in 2017.

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Walburga Khumalo is a member of the Youth Policy Committee, and is SAIIA’S Youth Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. She is currently attending the 55th Commission on Social Development, which is focusing on 'Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all'.

An extraordinary group of high-school learners from across the country presented their research findings and recommendations on topics such as water scarcity, food security and natural disaster preparedness. These presentations drew connections between local problems, South African policies and international plans such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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SAIIA Youth Policy Committee members Phiwayinkosi Mungwe, Janet Kachinga and Ditebogo Lebea have traveled to Morocco for this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP22. From Morocco and from Johannesburg, young people who have been following these issues for many years will be writing about the direction the negotiations are taking.

As world leaders gathered in New York for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, over 500 high-school learners from across South Africa participated in the annual SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference, to discuss many of the same questions facing the General Assembly.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Youth voices for South Africa

This week, seventy-five outstanding young delegates arrived at SAIIA to participate in the fourth Young Leaders Conference, from 26 June to 1 July. These high school learners and university students hosted their own negotiation sessions under the theme ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Celebrating Youth Month

In South Africa, June has long been celebrated as Youth month. The 16th of June this year marked the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising, and the 15th of June the 24th anniversary of the Day of the African Child. To commemorate this month, our Youth@SAIIA members have been engaging in stimulating discussions on the legacy of June 16 for today’s generation and analysing how young people can be included as valuable contributors in the continent's economic and political developments. Siwapiwe Madubela, a member of the Youth Policy Committee, unpacked these issues on CNBC Africa. 
Dear Editors and Journalists,  In South Africa, June is celebrated as Youth Month, a special time to recognise the vibrant creative energy that our young people have to offer. Two dates in particular provide the focus this year: June 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising, and June 15 is the 24th anniversary of the Day of the African Child. SAIIA’s youth programme is proud continue the 1976 tradition of young people uniting and acting for positive transformation. We have an array of passionate young leaders available, all of whom have experience engaging with the media. Our…
Sunday, 26 June 2016

2016 SAIIA Young Leaders Conference Featured

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Seventy-five outstanding young delegates have arrived at the SAIIA offices in Johannesburg, to participate in the fourth SAIIA Young Leaders Conference, from 26 June to 1 July. As part of the conference, the delegates (58 high school learners and 17 university students) will host their own youth negotiation sessions under the theme ‘Connecting the past to the present: Young South Africans shaping a sustainable future’. The negotiations will culminate in the handover of the pdf 2016 Young Leaders Declaration (359 KB) to the Presidency on 30 June. A youth dialogue will also be held on 30 June with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

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SAIIA Youth Policy Committee members Luanda Mpungose and Annabel Fenton are in Istanbul for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. They are providing daily updates on the main developments at the Summit, from their perspective as young South Africans.

For the seventh year running, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch has run a preparatory workshop to provide less-resourced schools in the Western Cape with the skills to read and analyse the international news.
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Youth Policy Committee members Pule Nkopane and Franci van Rhyn are currently at the 2016 United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) Youth Forum at the UN headquarters in New York. This year’s forum focuses on ‘Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda’, and Franci and Pule will be sharing daily updates here as young South Africans.

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Over the two weeks of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP21, SAIIA youth participants will be following the debates and decisions of world representatives. From Paris and from Johannesburg, we will sending daily updates and explaining how young people who have been following these issues for many years feel about the direction the negotiations are taking.

This year, SAIIA Youth Policy Committee member Morategi Kale will be travelling to Paris to participate in the largest global conference on climate change, COP21.
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This year, SAIIA Youth Policy Committee member Morategi Kale will be travelling to Paris to participate in the largest global conference on climate change, COP21. She will be blogging about her experiences here. In the run-up to the conference, we asked Morategi to tell us a bit about herself.

This December, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a global conference on climate change is expected to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. This conference, known as COP21, is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

COP21 Media Briefing

On Wednesday, 25 November 2015 SAIIA held a COP21 media briefing with SAIIA experts and representatives of the Youth Policy Committee.
This week, US-based National Public Radio (NPR) has published a selection of questions from the 2015 SAIIA InterSchools Quiz. Over 50,000 people have already taken the quiz, to find out if they can score better than SAIIA's high-school learners.
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial presentations of the 2015 SAIIA Environmental Sustainability Project took place on Monday 14 September 2015.
The Gauteng provincial presentations of the 2015 SAIIA Environmental Sustainability Project took place on Friday 11 September 2015.
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In September 2015, world leaders are convening for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. To mark the occasion, on Saturday 19 September over 500 high school learners from across South Africa participated in the annual SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference.

The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals are the hot topic of 2015. At the end of September 2015, world leaders will formally adopt these Goals. But what are they, how are they different from the Millennium Development Goals, and how have they been arrived at?
At the end of this month, from 25 to 27 September, world leaders will meet at the Sustainable Development Summit to formally adopt a set of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what are these goals, and how have they been arrived at?
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

SAIIA Interschools Quiz 2015

The Annual SAIIA Interschools Quiz was held on 19 August at Bishops Diocesan College, with 46 schools representing a broad socio-economic and geographic range taking part.
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We the members of the SAIIA Youth Policy Committee, firmly condemn the recent xenophobic attacks and violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite your school to participate in the 2015 SAIIA Sasol Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP). The goal of the Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) is to equip South African youth with knowledge and understanding of the local and international issues connected to enviromental sustainability so that they might be able to put forth their ideas on how to tackle the challenges facing our world today.
SAIIA’s annual Interschools Quiz began in 1993, out of a hope to see South Africans of all backgrounds involved in the future of the nation’s international affairs.
Thursday, 27 November 2014

Meet the Young Leaders 2014 Featured

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Fifty-five outstanding high school learners have been selected from across the country to participate in Third Annual SAIIA Young Leaders Conference, from 30 November to 5 December 2014. We asked eight young delegates at the conference to tell us what they were looking forward to about the event. 

Monday, 01 December 2014

2014 SAIIA Young Leaders Conference Featured

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Fifty-five outstanding high school learners were selected from across the country to participate in the third annual youth negotiations at the SAIIA Young Leaders Conference, from 30 November to 5 December 2014. This was an opportunity for the voice of young South African leaders to be heard on current global challenges.

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Six young people from SAIIA’s youth programmes ensured that the voice of South African youth was heard in regional negotiations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, which will set the agenda for global humanitarian action.

High-school learners from across South Africa presented their research and recommendations on topics related to sustainable development and climate change at the 2014 SAIIA Sasol Environmental Sustainability Project Provincial Presentations in Gauteng (19 September 2014), Durban (26 August 2014) and Cape Town (28 August 2014).
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Helene Hoedl, Director of the Pretoria-based United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) described Model United Nations as the best outreach programme for young people 'in helping students to understand the principles, values and procedures of the United Nations and become a global citizen'. She was addressing over 500 high-school learners at the 2014 SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference on 13 September, the largest event of its kind in Southern Africa.

On 19 August 2014, SAIIA hosted South Africa's official World Humanitarian Day Celebration in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA).
Prof Denis Goldberg provided a moving keynote address at the 2014 SAIIA / Caltex Interschool Quiz, recalling his time in prison as a leading member of the anti-apartheid struggle. "For sixteen years we were not allowed access to news of any kind," he told learners. "We had such a hunger for it. That the South African Institute of International Affairs encourages schools and learners to read about the world -- I think that's marvellous."
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South African youth made history on Tuesday when they presented their views on conflict-related sexual violence at a special event at the British High Commission in Pretoria as part of the opening of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in London.

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The South African Institute of International Affairs and the British High Commission invite you to a Youth@SAIIA special Model United Nations conference on prevention of sexual violence in conflict, on Friday 23 May 2014, in Pretoria.

Every year, talented high-school learners from across South Africa take part in the SAIIA Young Leaders Conference. “To be here means the world to me... it shows that I’m part of the bigger world, that I’m part of the bigger picture,” says 18-year-old Lindokuhle, who attended the 2013 Conference last December.
On 12 May 2014, we celebrate 80 years since SAIIA’s founding. For this special milestone, the Institute will focus on the future – involving young South Africans in international affairs. A new campaign invites you to help ensure that our youth programmes are provided free of charge to learners across the country.
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A record number of 55 high schools from the Western Cape Province participated in the 22nd annual Caltex / SAIIA interschool quiz, held on 26 March 2014 at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

SAIIA Young Ambassadors Programme Featured

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SAIIA is proud to run the SAIIA Young Ambassadors programme, through which high school learners who have demonstrated a commitment to spreading international awareness and understanding will be invited to participate in the SAIIA Young Leaders Conference each year.

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Sixty outstanding high school learners, eleven university students and eight educators from all of Youth@SAIIA's programmes were selected from across the country to participate in the second annual SAIIA Young Leaders Conference during 8-13 December 2013.  

Monday, 09 December 2013

Meet the Young Leaders

Sixty outstanding high school learners were selected to attend the Second Annual SAIIA Young Leaders Conference, from 8 to 13 December 2013. We asked nine young delegates at the conference to tell us what they were looking forward to about the event. 
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Over five hundred high-school learners took part in the annual SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms: Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference on Saturday 7 September 2013. Now in its 18th year, this simulation of the workings of the United Nations represented the culmination of months of preparation by the participants, on topics as diverse as peacekeeping, food security and the peaceful use of outer space.

Now its 21st year, the Caltex/SAIIA Quiz continues to build upon its long tradition of encouraging the youth of the Western Cape to engage with international affairs.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has selected 50 outstanding high school learners from all over South Africa to participate in its inaugural SAIIA Young Leaders Conference from 9-14 December 2012. The conference will expose these young people to inspiring leaders in government, the private sector, academia and the diplomatic corps to discuss issues related to international affairs. It will give them the opportunity to debate and find solutions to a whole range of challenges, locally and globally.
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When United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with young people from across Africa on their recent visit to South Africa, young leaders from SAIIA's youth programme were invited to participate.

Fifty schools from the Western Cape area took part in the annual SAIIA interschool quiz on 15 May at Bishops School in Rondebosch, organised by the SAIIA Western Cape Branch.
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The 2013 SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms®: Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference will take place on 7 September 2013. Space is limited for our large conference, and as we usually have more interest than spaces available it is important to return the School Registration Form as soon as possible. Registration deadline is 7 June 2013.

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The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite your school to participate in the 2013 SAIIA Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) sponsored by Sasol!

The project is a schools outreach competition that requires teams of learners to research an assigned topic related to environmental sustainability, and to consider what possible recommendations or solutions they would propose at a local, national, regional and/or global level. Tutoring, workshops, and resource materials are provided to each of the participating schools, and regardless of competition results, each school is invited to be involved in various programme activities throughout the year. 

Last week Youth@SAIIA learners Morategi Kale and Thokozani Nhlapo were given the chance to interview delegates of the BRICS Summit for a special segment on CCTV. CCTV's Guy Henderson produced this story for the Africa Live current affairs show. Watch the creation of the SAIIA BRICS Youth Communiqué in the CCTV clip above. 
In the lead-up to the Fifth Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) grouping, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) invited high-school learners to debate the key issues surrounding the BRICS and develop a Youth BRICS Communique containing their recommendations.
On 16 March 2013 SAIIA brought together outstanding South African high school learners to host their own model BRICS Summit to discuss the creation of the BRICS Development Bank. Each school represented one of the five BRICS countries in a special negotiation session that resulted in the creation of a BRICS Youth Communiqué.
20 December 2011: From 28 November until 9 December 2011, South Africa hosted the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP 17.
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"A testing grounds for the diplomats of the future," is how CCTV correspondent Guy Henderson describes the 2012 Model United Nations Conference, run by the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Please join us as our provincial finalists present their research findings and possible ideas or solutions for environmentally linked challenges of today. The top 6 learners and 2 teachers from each participating province will be chosen to make-up our delegation attending the COP 17 events in Durban. Western Cape Date: 22 August 2011 Time: 16h00–19h00 Venue: Iziko South African Museum, Whale Well
Please join us as our provincial finalists present their research findings and possible ideas or solutions for environmentally linked challenges of today. The top 6 learners and 2 teachers from each participating province will be chosen to make-up our delegation attending the COP 17 events in Durban. KwaZulu-Natal Date: 29 August 2011 Time: 16h00–19h00 Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens, Hall
Please join us as our provincial finalists present their research findings and possible ideas or solutions for environmentally linked challenges of today. The top 6 learners and 2 teachers from each participating province will be chosen to make-up our delegation attending the COP 17 events in Durban. Gauteng Date: 1 September 2011 Time: 16h00–19h30 Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Amphitheatre, Newtown, Johannesburg.
South African Institute of International Affairs Cordially invites you to two special youth events on the COP 17 calendar: Youth Climate Negotiations and presentation of a South African Durban Youth Protocol After an intensive year-long programme involving research and presentations, 18 high school learners have been selected from across the country to take on the role of various sectors to hold their own youth climate negotiations. The simulated climate negotiations and the ensuing protocol forms part of SAIIA's Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) for high school learners, and is sponsored by the US State Department and Sasol. The negotiations, to be…
Saturday, 15 September 2012

SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms

SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms®:Join us as 450 learners from 80 high schools from around South Africa come together to simulate United Nations sessions on the situation in Syria, rhino poaching, child labour in chocolate production and piracy in the Gulf of Aden, along with a historical session from 1978 on imposing sanctions on the apartheid South African government. Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference15 September 2012Wits Science Stadium, University of Witwatersrand, West Campus
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This weekend, 50 outstanding high school learners SAIIA selected from all over South Africa arrived at the Institute to participate in its inaugural SAIIA Young Leaders Conference, from 9-14 December 2012.

In South Africa, 27% of all adults are excluded from the financial system, and across Africa this figure is much worse. Overwhelmingly, these are the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. What can be done about this? Can including people in the banking system help eradicate poverty? Does our banking system need to be reformed?
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Last Saturday (15 September), over 400 learners from 80 high schools from across Gauteng came together to form the largest Model United Nations conference South Africa has ever seen. "A testing ground for the diplomats of the future," is how CCTV correspondent Guy Henderson described the 2012 SAIIA Global Classrooms: Johannesburg Model United Conference.

20th Annual Caltex/SAIIA Interschool Quiz Wednesday 9 May 2012 held at Diocesan College (Bishops) QUIZ REPORT
COP 17, Durban – 18 high school learners have crafted and presented the South African Durban Youth and Children's Protocol in an effort to make their voices heard during the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) underway in Durban. The protocol follows an intensive year-long programme as well as a simulated youth climate negotiation that took place on the opening day of COP 17.
COP 17, Durban – On the opening day of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17), 18 high school learners from around South Africa, are holding their own climate negotiations. The Youth Climate Negotiation follows a year of intensive research and will simulate the formal COP discussions currently underway at the International Convention Centre in Durban.
Please be advised that the South African Institute of International Affairs has official observer status at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commences on Monday 28 November and ends on 9 December 2011. A number of SAIIA researchers will be following proceedings and will be available for media interviews.
19th CALTEX/SAIIA INTERSCHOOLS QUIZ TUESDAY 17th MAY 2011 AT MALLETT CENTRE, DIOCESAN COLLEGE (BISHOPS) This year Chevron most generously increased their support of the Quiz from R63 000 in 2010 to R150 000 in 2011 and similarly for the next two years. This enabled the Quiz Committee of the Western Cape Branch of SAIIA to make plans to expand the Quiz to a total of 50 schools, including 15 less resourced schools and thus fulfil the objective to further create interest and raise awareness among learners of the importance of international affairs.
The South African Institute of International Affairs once again, with the very welcome support of our main sponsor Chevron together with The Abe Bailey Trust, many book publishers, prize givers, and the suppliers of refreshments hosted another successful Quiz on 12 May 2010. Launched 18 years ago, the Quiz has now become a firm and popular date in the calendar of the schools of the Western Cape.
"The negotiating process and drawing up the protocol was difficult and more frustrating than I expected." This is not the view of a seasoned climate change negotiator but that of Elizabeth Ross, a grade 10 high school learner from Thomas More College in Durban.
As published by The New Age on 6 September 2011 A truly inspiring and uplifting event with international ramifications took place in Johannesburg on Thursday evening, 1 September. Between 28 November and 8 December this year delegations from countries that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will gather in Durban for the 17th Conference of the Parties (more commonly called COP17). Here they will attempt to hammer out an agreement on how to deal with the carbon emissions into the atmosphere that are resulting in the changes in the world’s climate that are already having…
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) wishes to applaud the extraordinary efforts of all of this year's Environmental Sustainability Project (ESP) participating schools.
As published by The New Age on 1 July 2011 Last week South Africa was visited by two remarkable women, American women, black women. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, and Oprah Winfrey, recently retired as a world-renowned talk show hostess for 25 years.
Thirty-five years ago, on June 16, high school students took to the streets of Soweto to protest against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction. Their protests were met with police beatings and bullets. The students marched and demonstrated with the school bags on their backs and many died still wearing their school uniforms. The actions those students took in their classrooms that day had repercussions beyond their fight for a quality education. Many see the student uprisings of 1976 as a turning point that eventually led to the fall of apartheid. It’s an example of how the…
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Scientific reasoning and mathematical literacy are not enough to tackle the challenges that face South Africa and the world today. Learners and students need to become critical thinkers who are able to read between the lines in order to create solutions to issues that may not have just one right or just one wrong answer.

To foster a greater appreciation and understanding of global issues among the youth, the institute’s youth programme, simply called Youth @ SAIIA, provides unique and often life changing opportunities for youth to expand their perspectives and connect their realities to the global developments.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Model United Nations 2011

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One of Youth @ SAIIA's largest and longest running programmes, our annual Model United Nations Conference, is now entering its 16th year. Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations or Regional Bodies like the African Union. Since 2001 SAIIA's Model United Nations programme has partnered with Global Classrooms, an initiative of the United Nations Association of the USA, and hosts an annual conference held at SAIIA headquarters at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

With the new official World Cup song "Waka Waka This Time for Africa!" playing,  the winners of the 18th Annual Caltex SAIIA Quiz walked across the stage to claim their well deserved prize. 45 high schools from throughout the Western Cape came to Bishops Diocesan College to compete in this year's quiz organised by the SAIIA Western Cape Branch on  12 May. Cape Talk's, Africa Melane and SAIIA's own Tim Hughes served as the MC and the Quiz Master for the event. Questions regarding international current affairs, including World Cup content made this year's quiz both challenging and exciting. While…
Friday, 18 September 2009

Youth Development: PMB Quiz

In August the Pietermaritzburg Branch co-hosted the region’s annual schools quiz as part of its youth development programme.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009

SAIIA in the classroom

SAIIA may have turned 75 years old but its presence among the youth is stronger than ever before, and still growing! The SAIIA Interschool Quiz and the Global Classrooms® Model UN Conference held respectively in Cape Town and Johannesburg last month, prove this.
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SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms® Model UN Johannesburg 2008 Conference, Saturday 31 May

The SAIIA Global Classrooms® Model UN 2008 Conference, sponsored by internationally by Merrill Lynch, took place on Saturday 31 May at Jan Smuts and Senate House on WITS Campus. Students from 75 schools around Gauteng participated in simulations of sittings of The United Nations Security Council and Human Rights Council. The competition encouraged students to learn crucial research and presentation skills, and encouraged students from a variety of background to interact on topics of real concern in international relations.

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SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms® 2009 Johannesburg Model UN Conference, Saturday 30 May

As part of our very important schools outreach initiative, the annual SAIIA Global Classrooms® Johannesburg Model UN Conference, sponsored internationally by Merrill Lynch, and run under the auspices of UNA-USA took place on Saturday 30 May at Jan Smuts House and Senate House on WITS Campus.

Caltex, part of the global Chevron Corporation and the Western Cape Branch of SAIIA, hosted their 17th Annual Interschool Quiz on Wednesday, 13 May 2009.  The 2009 Quiz will be remembered for several innovations. These centred on a general expansion and developmental initiatives targeting less-resourced schools. Our long-term sponsor Chevron's ongoing interest and support, with increased funding in 2009, enabled us to both expand the quiz and focus on these developmental activities. Ten more schools were added to the competition, making this the largest Quiz to date. With forty-five participants a new venue was urgently sought and we thank Mr…
Thursday, 07 May 2009

Youth Development Programme

Over the last fifteen years SAIIA (both at Jan Smuts House and through its branches across the country) has embarked on a number of ground breaking youth outreach projects. With the support of local and international sponsors it has attempted to develop an interest in international relations among the next generation.
Parktown High School for Girls took honours in the inaugural SAIIA Schools Environmental Sustainability Project, held at Jan Smuts House on 7 March. This project aimed to introduce a new generation of thinkers to the global debate on climate change.   
The Schools' Environmental Sustainability Project is the first of its kind to be hosted by SAIIA and aims to introduce a new generation of thinkers to the global debate on climate change.  As part of the 75th Anniversary Programme, the project was run with the financial assistance of the First Rand Foundation.
Caltex, now part of the Global Chevron Corporation, and the Western Cape branch of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), hosted their 16th Annual Interschool Quiz on Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Thirty five high school teams from the Capetown area and environs came together at the Groote Schuur High School Nassau Auditorium in Newlands to compete and answer 20 questions which were based on articles in the Cape Times newspaper and SAIIA's most recent issue of the Foreign Policy Monitor.  Learners read articles of an international nature for three weeks prior to the quiz. Fish Hoek Senior High…
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2007 SAIIA Global Classrooms® Model United Nations

Global Classrooms is an innovative education program that brings the Model United Nations experience to urban public schools across the United States and a diverse array of schools around the world. During in-class simulations of UN bodies, students role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups and nongovernmental organizations to tackle a host of global concerns.

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At the core of the SAIIA Global Classrooms® programme, is Model United Nations Debating, wherein school learners participate in simulated sittings of various United Nations committees discussing and debating various issues of international importance.