Egypt – Cairo
Throughout thousands of years, Egypt has been considered home to civilisation. This attribute comes predominantly from the Pharaohs who were the founders of the very first state in the world. Egypt is home to the longest river in the world, the Nile, giving it life from the north all the way to the south. The cultural heritage of Egypt does not just end with the Pharaohs, numerous civilisations have lived in Egypt such as the Greeks, the Romans, the Fatimids, the Mamluks and the Ottomans. The capital of the Arab Republic of Egypt is the city of Cairo. It is known for its antiquities and everlasting history and was given the most beautiful city award in 1940. Cairo is nicknamed as “ the Paris of the Nile” for its unique French styled architecture of downtown Cairo. Not only would you spot ancient Egyptian architecture in Cairo, you can see Italian, Islamic, Coptic and Greek architecture all over the City.
Oasis International School
The Oasis International School was founded in 1994 with a goal of conjugating excellence and fulfillment throughout a French education deeply rooted in the Egyptian culture, all in supporting an international vision. To achieve the aforementioned goals The Oasis international school taught the Egyptian national programme for 12 years. In 2004 the Oasis international School became the first school in the world to offer the three IB programmes in French : The Primary years Programme (PYP), The Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) making the school the very first school to teach all 4 IB programs in French since October 2015 with the authorization of the professional orientation program (POP).
The official language of instruction is French. Arabic which is the mother language of most students and English which is taught as a second language. However the English programme offered in our establishment is well known for it’s quality. In the Diploma programme, there is also the possiblity to choose to learn Spanish.
History of OISMUN
The Oasis International School aims to fulfill its goals of international mindedness through the organization of the Model United Nations conference, OISMUN. The school started taking part in MUN conferences from 2006. The Diploma office took considerable measures to implicate MUN as a core extracurricular activity at the school. Consequently, in March 2008, the Oasis International School organised its first Model United Nations conference. The first OISMUN conference was a simulation of four committees with both the Disarmament Commission and the Security Council offered in both French and English thus officially making OISMUN the first bilingual conference in Egypt.
The 3rd OISMUN (February 2010) saw the inauguration of the International Court of Justice and the introduction of the Robert Stern guide as its reference document.
In 2012, the School organized its 4th conference bringing drastic reforms to the conference’s structure. Under the supervision of the school the students of the class of 2012 took in charge the organization of OISMUN 4. The creation of the organizing committee was a key measure the school wanted for the conference in order to teach students the virtues of working as a whole unit in order to fulfil a large scale conference. In addition, the Secretariat of the conference presided over the first plenary session of the General Assembly (GA).
In 2013, OISMUN 5 saw the inauguration of the General Assembly as an OISMUN organ. The topic debated in the General Assembly was the World Oil crisis of 2015.
The team of 6th annual OISMUN conference started an initiative to turn OISMUN into a green conference by using recycled materials to create the stationery of OISMUN as well as implementing more electronic proceedings for the committees. On the 10th of November 2013, the closing ceremony was held at the Great Pyramids of Giza.
In OISMUN 7, the Crisis Committee was introduced to OISMUN, creating thrilling, elaborate, and dynamic crisis simulations with a goal of enhancing delegate’s critical thinking skills, and to entice a reflection on the consequences and effectiveness of solutions to problems. The committee was a great success and integrated numerous members of the team.
OISMUN 8 succeeded in bringing OISMUN to a new level with its many achievements. The OISMUN site was firstly introduced regrouping all the necessary information on the OISMUN conference, it’s team, topics, background guides and much more. Most importantly, OISMUN 8 enabled the conference to be affiliated in January of 2016 by the largest MUN foundation in the World “The Hague MOdel United Nations” (THIMUN). THIMUN is an accredited Non-Governmental Organisation associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. OISMUN is thus the first and only bilingual THIMUN affiliated conference in Egypt.
OISMUN 9 brought innovation and improvement to the structure and the content of the OISMUN conferences. It was marked by the introduction of the sub-commission of the Economic and Social on the Status of Women and the Sub-commission of the Economic and Social council on science and technology. OISMUN 9 also witnessed the first joint ECOSOC session bringing delegates from both councils together to discuss the topic of “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.” OISMUN 9’s special conference gave the delegate the chance to participate in a simulation of the G20 summit.
OISMUN 10 gave the chance for younger C1 and C2 participants to enrich their experience by playing the role of delegates during a “Mini-conference” held solely for journalists on the last day of the conference. OISMUN 10 also brought the addition of the Economic and Social Council Sub-commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. OISMUN 10’s special conference was a historical committee that gave the delegates the chance to explore historical topics through a contemporary point of view. The conference ended with an amazing closing ceremony in the Citadel of Salah el Din.
Last and definitely not least, the changes in OISMUN 11 were made with a sole purpose and vision, revolving around reinforcement and collaboration. The conference decided to join the Economic and Social Council sub commissions into one council, providing a broader spectrum of topics to be discovered. While adding a new committee, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affair, which presents a new variety of topics to be explored by the delegates. The conference was concluded with an outstanding closing ceremony held at the Pyramids sound and light show site. The participants were introduced to a whole new atmosphere and organisation of the ceremony.