On 12 August, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) team visited Havana Primary School, its fifth primary school, in three weeks. The students were excited to learn about the work of the United Nations (UN) in Namibia and find out more about UN Day through the #UN4U programme.
UN Day, commemorated each year on 24 October, marks the anniversary of when the UN Charter was entered into force. With the ratification of this founding document in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being.
In order to educate the public about the United Nations and its work in preparation of this eventful day, UN representatives across the globe bring the #UN4U programme to schools. The programme also aims at raising awareness of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answering any questions learners might have regarding the work of the UN and the realization of the SDGs.
On Friday 12 August, the UNIC Windhoek team arrived at Havana Primary School, where they were met with about 160 grade 7 leaners. The students listened intently and shared their knowledge of the UN throughout the presentation.
The excitement in the room rose when the UNIC Windhoek team began to discuss the Global Goals, as the audience recognized the brightly colored SDGs. Some of the pupils said they had seen the Goals on television and in the newspaper.
The students then learned about the ‘Five Ps’, namely: People, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership and Planet. After explaining that the ‘Five Ps’ build the foundation of the SDGs, the UNIC Windhoek team dived deeper into each goal and listened to the students propose ways Namibia could achieve the goals.
The students were very aware of what the Namibian Government has done in terms of reducing poverty and hunger. Most of them knew about the Harambee Prosperity Plan, an action plan towards achieving prosperity for all, launched by President Dr. Hage Geingob. Passionate about the plan, the students stressed the importance of reducing inequalities in society and encouraging individual efforts to make this happen.
The Havana Primary School staff members were also very interested in the presentation, as one of the teachers even took down notes throughout the presentation. After all was said and done the UNIC Windhoek team thanked the staff and the leaners for being a very inquisitive crowd and for taking time to take part in #UN4U.
The UNIC Windhoek team will continue with the #UN4U campaign in an effort to engage with students all across the capital city in light of UN Day.