The King’s Academy Jordanian Model Parliament Saturday training sessions are one feature of how JMP has grown to become a truly unique Jordanian melting pot.
In his Commencement speech three years ago, HM King Abdullah II indicated his vision of creating a student-led program that is similar to the Model United Nations, yet in the Arabic language. He envisioned such program to be open to students from all around the Kingdom, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.
In 2014, JMP started as an excellent forum in the Model UN Annual Conference, and expanded to become three forums as part of the same conference in the following year. About a month following that, JMP became its own conference, which was a major success. This year, the conference forums will include six Jordanian Councils, the Arab League, the World Bank, General Assembly, and the Security Council.
Participants will come from both public and private schools from Amman, Salt, and Madaba. In order to ensure equality and fairness, each participating school is required to send its delegates to the King’s campus in order to attend one of our productive training sessions. These ensure that all delegates arrive to the conference having received equal preparation, even though some of them may not have any JMP or MUN experience. These training sessions have been taking place starting last year, prior to the JMP 2014 conference.
As President of the Economic and Social Council in JMP last year, I, along with a couple other Presidents and the Secretariat, have trained some delegates from schools in Madaba, Amman, and Salt. This year, however, the training sessions have become more organized and purposeful, with more presidents joining as trainers. We have had several training sessions this year, and the last one will take place the Saturday after Spring Break. These usually start at 10AM in the morning and end at 2PM in the afternoon.
In a conversation with Secretary General Wasan Al Dalabeeh’16, she stated that the training sessions “are an opportunity for every single delegate to be ready for the conference, without placing any expectations on them.” “For instance, we do not expect students from public schools to have access to laptops and the Internet to be able to do the research and any pre-conference assignments,” she added. Nevertheless, the sessions are not limited to public schools, as “we do not want to segregate people based on their socioeconomic backgrounds.” We require private school students to attend the sessions, “and complete their pre-conference assignments the same way,” Al Dalabeeh admitted.
The JMP Secretariat, teacher supervisors, and Presidents have been preparing since the summer of last year for an exceptionally great conference. More passionate and hard-working students are now joining the team as Chairs, Media, and delegates. Make sure you stay tuned for more information regarding the JMP2016 conference, which will be held from April 7 to April 9.