Teachers learn about High School Practicum Programme

Teachers from secondary schools across Windhoek visited the UN House in Klein Windhoek on Tuesday, 28 April to learn about the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme (HSPP).

The HSPP, the first programme of its kind worldwide, began in 2016. It is designed for the Namibian child and involves real life experience working in an international development environment and engaging with UN Staff mentors.

Each day of the two-week long programme, HSPP participants learn about the United Nations, its work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their skills are put to the test through educational and interactive practical sessions.

Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, highlighted that the programme benefits learners’ education.

“Students will be able to use the knowledge and skills learned through HSPP to advance their school work towards tertiary education and a successful career path,” said Basson.

The HSPP aims to strengthen the channels of communications between young people and United Nations in an effort to spread the UN’s work and to promote stronger youth engagement in setting, implementing and evaluating the various development frameworks and increasing international awareness and attention to youth issues.

The programme includes presentations and practical sessions involving the private sector, local foundations, academic institutions, the media and civil society as well as educational excursions.

Furthermore, it allows Namibian students to engage in a development experience outside the confines of their classroom, allowing them to learn additional life lessons such as how to conduct themselves in a professional manner.

The HSPP concludes with an assessment of each learner and a written report which can be used by the students when applying to tertiary institutions or future jobs.

The dedicated teachers who attended the briefing session were excited about the programme and the opportunity it will give their students to grow their skillsets. Applications for the programme are now open for students to apply and the programme will commence on 8 May 2017.