Stories of Discovery

United Nations Position Papers

Categories: Learning through discovery, Montessori Model United Nations, Student life
Date posted: February 28, 2012

The Montessori Model United Nations program that the Year 6 & 7 students at North Star Montessori are participating in is quickly approaching.  One of the biggest challenges of this program is for students, sitting on various committees, to write position papers on various topics which reflect their assigned UN country.  

As mentioned in a previous blog, North Star Montessori was assigned the Arab Republic of Egypt.  Our students engaged in reading about and researching their topics and have now all completed their position papers, which have been formally submitted to the MMUN.  Congratulations to all of the children.  Your dedication, effort and perseverance has paid off!  Willem, a Year 6 student, was the first student to complete his position paper.  It is posted here as an example of the content and issues the children are tackling as part of this magnificent program.  Nothing has been changed from the original submission. 

POSITION PAPER, By Willem

Committee:   Economic and Social Council

Topic:               Increasing Women’s Control Over Economic Resources and Access to Financial Resources

Country:          The Arab Republic of Egypt

Delegate:        Willem Young, North Star Montessori

Human right # 1 states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are all endowed with reasons and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”Women are equal according to human rights, but this is not the reality especially in the world wide workforce. The unemployment rate of Women 15 to 65 is 18.6%, when the unemployment rate of Men 15 to 65 is 5.9%. Young Women are struggling even more in the workforce with an unemployment rate of 47.9%. It is said that if Women had control over their family’s income they would spend it on essentials like education for their children which would help the future generation to compete in the workforce, or starting new businesses.

The Arab Republic of Egypt is committed to the empowerment and employment of Women. For several years ETF (employment and training fund) has been partnered with the Arab Republic of Egypt and various projects have been implemented to help the empowerment and employment of women. The projects include: Education and Training for Employment, Transition from Education to Work, National Qualifications Framework and the Observatory projects. The purpose of the projects is to increase the knowledge and awareness of the obstacles and opportunities for Women’s employment in two potential growth areas of the economy (information and communication technologies (ICT), and tourism). It is said that there is a positive relationship between female labor force participation rates and economy growth, participation of Women in the labor force is beneficial for the welfare of their family (income, health, children’s education etc), this is why the Arab Republic of Egypt is committed to the empowerment and employment of Women.

Micro-Credit or Micro-Loans (which are small loans women can take in the purpose of starting new businesses) has been a big factor for helping women gain control over economic resources. Generally Micro-Credit or Micro-Loans have been successful in achieving the goal of empowerment and employment of Women, however statistics have shown the loans are not always being invested properly, causing a bigger financial crisis for the individual. But there are programs like Kiva, a larger Micro-Loan organization that provides guidance on how to use Loans wisely. Other solutions do not involve money; education is the most impactful solution. The rate of Women who did not attend schooling in 2006 (the most current stat) shows that 41.3% of Women were not educated. Finally education has the power in Egypt to show Women what their potential in the workforce can be. If Women can acquire a grater skill set through education with these programs single mothers can start successful businesses which in turns supports their families.

Citizens are equal before the law .They have equal rights and duties regardless of sex, origin, language, religion or belief. Women are entitled to education; they are entitled to financial means to start new businesses and by doing so they support their families and when they do this they are helping future generations. This is a positive change.     

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