On Monday, 15 August 2016, the United Nations Information Team (UNIC) Windhoek team visited Suiderhof Primary School, marking the sixth outreach of the #UN4U outreach program. The program aims at enlightening primary school learners about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The UNIC Windhoek team was warmly welcomed by the school’s principal and escorted to the school’s main assembly hall where the grade 6 and 7 learners assembled for the presentation.
The presentation had a great kick start with the leaner’s jovially greeting the team and agreeing to pay special attention to the presentation. The learners’ high spirits were because they had just finished writing their last examination.
Seeing how eager these young minds were to learn, the UNIC Windhoek team was reminded of the passion the younger generation has and their ability to bring about change. Thus, it is important to promote quality education to ensure that the younger generation is able to use their skills and talents to make a difference in the world.
On top of this, many of the SDGs can only be achieved once quality education is guaranteed for all people of all ages. Specifically, education at an early age is important because it helps to shape the young children’s mind into becoming responsible and productive citizens. Therefore, the promotion of Goal 4 is crucial in transforming the world and promoting sustainable development.
Hands flew up across the school hall every time the UNIC Windhoek team asked a question. The students offered valuable ways through which the SDGs can be achieved and promoted; such as using other forms of energy, combating climate change and ensuring zero hunger. One learner suggested that more trees should be planted and another said that Namibia should focus on reducing air pollution.
Apart from answers, these learners also had intriguing questions such as; What would have happened in the world if the UN was never created?; How many UN agencies are they in total?; and, how can the UN help educate men on gender based violence in Namibia?
The school’s motto reads ‘Werk en Skitter’ which translates from Afrikaans into ‘Work and Shine’. Besides shining bright throughout the presentation, the learners were even eager to engage with the team after the presentation.