Il Rome Model United Nations, un programma formativo che ha lo scopo di insegnare agli studenti universitari il funzionamento delle Nazioni Unite, con simulazioni e progetti che mettono in scena il lavoro degli stati membri e di commissioni ONU, ha messo in palio tre borse di studio, per l'edizione Rome MUN 2015. Per partecipare al mini concorso, gli studenti dovevano elaborare in una tesina le risposte alle seguenti domande:
Tutte le tesine inviate sono state lette e valutate da una commissione di esperti di Rome MUN. Le tesine shortlisted sono poi state ulteriormente sottoposte al giudizio di esperti del WFP.
Il concorso è stato vinto da: Manuela Montagna, Christian Rizzitelli e Monica Poli.
In basso, un estratto della tesina di Manuela Montagna.
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Susanna lives in the suburbs of Rome. She earns € 800 per month, with which she pays the rent for her house, the bills, and what her 7-years-old son, Luca, needs for school.
Pauline lives in Gulu, Uganda. Her 5-years-old son, Robert, just recovered from a severe episode of diarrhoea; the doctors say that may have been a source of contaminated water.
What’s the link between these two women, geographically so far away from each other?
First of all they’re both mothers, both responsible for their children’s health. Too many times, though, despite their precious role in the society, access to education is denied to women.
Social inequity, unfair economic policies, structural and communication barriers, educational and cultural deficiencies are some of the culprits responsible for the huge gaps between social groups.
In this scenario, it appears clear that the call to fight malnutrition has to be global.
A real and lasting change needs the involvement of actors at many levels: politicians, economists, health care providers, experts in social and educational services and, most of all, the recipients themselves of this coordinated and focused effort.
Education plays here a crucial role. The first step should be a thorough analysis of a specific population’s educational needs.
After finding the contents, the next step is to choose the right method to transmit them; for example, an excellent way to teach good practices is the peer-education and collective and shared learning process. All the efforts should be done in the spread of a culture of mutual aid through the implementation of a solid, structured, capillary community network. Women, who are naturally gifted with sense of relationship, are the best “instruments” in the hands of this change.
Today, we have the knowledge and the means to make a quantum leap towards a new paradigm of life, hence, change is possible; what is needed are perseverance, care and, above all, the will to try.