Can I participate if …
… I have never attended a simulation of a conference before?
Yes, you don’t need any previous experience with conferences to participate as a delegate. (You do so though, as a Chair, see above.)
The “Model African Union” is a relatively young endeavour, but the structure is similar to other simulations like the “Model United Nations” so that the procedure is known to you if you have participated in any other simulation before. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have any experience with simulations: In the first round of discussion most of the delegates are a bit nervous and everyone is still getting to know each other and of course, everyone is helping each other out, especially the newbies!
… I’m a high school student?
Yes, you can participate if you are at least 16 years old.
… I’m not a university student (anymore)?
Yes, you can participate as well if you are a high school student, a PhD candidate, an employee or if you have graduated recently.
… I don’t know much about Africa?
Yes, you don’t have to have any specific knowledge about Africa to participate in the conference. One of the major purposes of the conference is to learn about cultural, socio-political and economic issues as well as current developments in Africa. Furthermore, you will be provided with some information in the study guide of your committee. You should gain some knowledge about the country you are representing though in advance on the internet or in books.
… I don’t study in a politics-related field?
Yes, you don’t need any previous knowledge about politics, policy-making or international relations. No matter if you study in the field of natural or social sciences, humanities or if you are still at high school, you can register as a delegate.