2017 markED CCMUNA’s 20th year.
The Model United Nations Assembly movement was started in Canada by Rotary International and was adopted in Australia by the Rotary Club of Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales in May 1980. MUNA has since spread throughout Australia and the world.
The UN recognises and supports this incredibly important youth-oriented project. MUNA is also an ongoing part of the World Youth Activity Program for Rotary International. The Australian National MUNA, where representative teams from Rotary Districts around Australia gather, was first held in Old Parliament House in August 1997.
The first MUNA competition on the Central Coast was held in the late-1990s, hundreds of secondary students from the region’s public and private schools have gained a better understanding of global issues. Participation in this annual event has also improved students' critical thinking and communication skills.
Coordinated and supported by the Combined Rotary Clubs of the Central Coast, with foundation support from the Gosford City Rotary Club, the number of participating Central Coast students has grown from 13 teams of three students in 2010 to 23 teams in 2018. The number of participating schools is increasing as awareness of this unique learning and citizenship opportunity grows. Our aim is to engage most of the Central Coast secondary schools in the event.
Each August, representative teams from Rotary districts around Australia come together in the historic Old Parliament House in Canberra, for the Australian National MUNA competition. The participating schools on the Central Coast that have sent the most representatives to the National competition are Central Coast Grammar School and Gosford and Kincumber High Schools; Erina High School, Wadalba High School and Brisbane Water Secondary College have also been a consistent supporters of MUNA.
Each year, the winning team from the Central Coast MUNA event is sponsored by the University of Newcastle (UON) – Central Coast to represent the region at the national competition. To give our local team the best start possible, a team of UON academics from the Central Coast Campus have provided targeted workshops and advice to the team. This mentoring has heightened the students' understanding about research strategies, critical thinking and argument and has also helped them hone their presentation skills.
Helping our local students to become global citizens, who make a difference, is a shared focus of Central Coast MUNA and UON – Central Coast. This shared focus will continue to inform a suite of learning materials and activities to be developed by the University and the Central Coast MUNA Committee to improve the learning opportunity provided to the students.
Recent Central Coast MUNA Winners
2011: Brisbane Water Secondary College, representing Australia
2012: Brisbane Water Secondary College, representing North Korea
2013: Gosford High School, representing Israel
2014: Gosford High School, representing Israel
2015: Central Coast Grammar School, representing Nigeria
2016: St Edward’s College, representing Ethiopia
2017: Rudolf Steiner High School, representing Nepal
2018: Wyong Christian Community School