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Convener, TAFMUN Confab, Dr Maureen Egbuche (middle) flanked by FSTC Delegates

The Federal Science and Technical College, FSTC Yaba has continued to prove its worth in both academics and extra curricular activities particularly in external competitions within and outside Nigeria.

The school’s delegates to The African FutureTrust Model United Nations (TAFMUN), a simulation of the UN General Assembly recently held in Lagos, carted away seven awards and certificates. with one of them, Oluchi Nwachukwu emerging as TAFMUN Ambassador. She won a free return ticket to New York, USA for the 2017 High School Model United Nations Conference slated for March next year.

Winner of the TAFMUN Confab, Oluchi Nwachukwu (3rd left) cluching her return ticket to New York
For four days, the delegates drawn from over twenty secondary schools across the country, who were acting as representatives of various member countries of the UN, discussed and negotiated solutions to their ‘countries’ problems, having been taught; Critical Thinking Skills, Negotiation Skills, Social Etiquettes ,Confidence Building, Public Speaking Skills, Research Skills, Team Building Skills and Conflict Resolution Skills

According to the Convener of the conference and founder, FutureTrust Initiative for Capacity Building (FTI), Dr Maureen Egbuche, participants, as a result of researches done on their countries and presentations and debates they made at the conference, would gain soft skills not taught in schools which would help them in future.

“The ultimate aim is to prepare these children for the future. Today we are teaching critical thinking; negotiation skills. In participating in this conference, they take away these skills without even knowing it. Here you are representing a country that is not your native country. But after your research, you are suddenly at home discussing issues, being quite passionate about it, remaining in character of the country you have been assigned. And then you have to listen to views that may be opposing to what you generally believe in. But the thing is that at the last day of the conference all of you would have come up with solutions that are win-win for everybody,” she said.

Principal, Federal Science and Technical College Yaba, Reverend Chris O. Ugorji explained that the School takes pride in building future leaders that would do it right as a way of addressing the nation’s protracted challenge of poor governance. ” The antidote to bad governance lies in training the future leaders well. With the calibre of students that passed through the Model United Nations Conference, the future of this country is indeed bright”.

All the sixteen delegates from FSTC Yaba have qualified to attend the National High School Model UN Conference in New York next year.

Meanwhile, the school has organised a reception to celebrate the delegates for bringing honour to the college. More pictures after cut…


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