Wednesday morning, 10 August 2016, marked yet another advancement of the UN4U campaign which, for the past week, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team has facilitated at different primary schools across the capital city of Namibia.
The team set out to educate the learners of Michelle McLean Primary School, a school founded by actress, writer, model and 1992 Miss Universe, Michelle McLean. Through similar projects and training programmes run by the Michelle McLean Children Trust, children are inspired by McLean’s motto, “If you can imagine it, you can do it.”
Mummers could be heard from the crowd of 320 pupils, who sat eagerly waiting for the presentation to begin. The UNIC Windhoek team then began to inform the students about the UN General Assembly, the various UN Agencies and the specific work of these Agencies in Namibia. The Team explained that UN Agencies work closely with the Namibian Government in four main areas, namely poverty eradication, improving health, ensuring quality education, and protecting the environment.
The team then went into describing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they relate to these themes. A confident group of students, the learners were very interactive and could not keep their hands down when the presenters posed questions to them.
The group consisted of grade 6 and 7 learners who knew quite a bit about the United Nations and its establishment, as it is covered in their social studies subject curriculum. Although the students knew about the UN, they weren’t familiar with why it exists and its mission. UNIC Windhoek could see the excitement on the students’ faces as they gained new knowledge, proving the value of the UN4U campaign.
The staff members were so pleased and impressed with UNIC Windhoek’s professionalism and the amount of effort put in to make the presentation possible, that they went on to invite the team back to their school if any other similar projects arise in future.