During the first weekend of November (1st – 3rd), The Vale College held the maiden edition of the Model National Conference (MNC) with over 70 delegates from all over the state.
This year’s conference encouraged delegates to consider the theme “RESOLVING THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT QUESTION” not only during the weekend but in their own lives. The Special Guest of Honour, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, shared a story in his speech at Opening Ceremony about how he and a few friends delved into politics during an election at The Vale College. He emphasized that what starts with one person really can change the world, an ideal both MNC and The Vale College upholds.
Delegates were placed into four committees this year: Good Governance, Education, Security and the Press Corps devoted to recording the events of the weekend. The standard committees dealt with current issues in their respective states and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. In spirit of encouraging delegates to think critically under pressure, the standard committees were subject to crisis updates in their states. As a result, the committees produced unique solutions, ranging from helping states deal with the insecurity through well-funded police operations and youth empowerment to promoting children and women’s rights around the world through improved forms of education. Though committees saw many internal disputes, they strived to maintain peace and unity during their sessions. The Press Corps acted as journalists during the weekend and gave unbiased reports, as is expected for professionals in that industry.
Awards were given to several delegates in each committee who accurately represented the views of their state, spoke eloquently and worked well with other delegates to produce cohesive resolutions. In addition, all schools received delegation awards, Christ Ambassadors delegates were received the most awards (Best Delegate in Education committee, Best Delegate in Good Governance committee, Best Delegate in Security committee), Miss Oyinade Fashanu of Ibadan International School was awarded Overall Best.
The Director, Mrs Funso Adegbola, was extremely proud of the hard work put in by the advisors and by the delegates as well as the sponsors and Local organising committee who made this conference possible. In her words: It is truly remarkable that all of these individuals took out an entire weekend from their busy lives to discuss some of the most difficult and pressing issues in our country. We hope that everyone who was a part of this last weekend learned something valuable and realized that what starts here really does change the world.