“I am very glad that “Gimnazija Banja Luka” is for the third time the host of the International BaLMUN Conference for secondary school students, a three-day simulation of the work of the United Nations at which students will be able to show their attitudes and opinions, make decisions acting as diplomats and country representatives, discuss and try to find solutions for certain issues that the world is facing today related to safety, human rights and the protection of environment”, said the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska Dr. Dane Malesevic at the opening of the BaLMUN Conference in Banjaluka.
He pointed out that experiences acquired at this Conference would help students develop skills like oratory, respecting “the other”, accepting different opinions, negotiating and reaching compromises, which would help them become democratic persons in the future.
“I am convinced that through this Conference a positive message will be sent from the Republic of Srpska to the world and that participating students will continue to cooperate and build bridges of friendship”, said the Minister Malesevic.
The Director of BaLMUN Conference Zana Stevic said that students would simulate the work of the United Nations by all rules respected there.
“The aim of the Conference is for students to become more familiar with some problems that the world is facing globally and to be for a moment in the shoes of people who could solve those problems and make decisions”, said Stevic.
According to her words, this allows students to learn more than they could in classes and the future of education is in open classrooms, which means that teaching process should not revolve around chalk, boards and textbooks only.