The High School Pacticum Programme is in its eighth day and the students continue to showcase great enthusiasm and participation. They began their morning session on 18 May with a review facilitated by UNIC’s Anthea Basson on what they did the day before.
After the review, Anthea handed over to the team Alphonce and Emma to engage with the team on two different topics; namely the “Effects of hunger and poverty in the Namibian youth” and “How can the United Nations assist in engaging the youth in fighting against poverty?”. The team was then divided into two groups tasked to to do research on the topics received. After completing their research the students came up with questions that they were going to ask one another.
Once they formulated their questions, the programe led into a round table discussion where each team presented their topic to the other team. Meanwhile, the other team was allowed to ask questions. The discussion became heated as each team tested the others’ arguments. The first group brought up issues such as how hunger can lead to youth neglecting their education, and the second group spoke about how the United Nations can implement programs specifically to educate the youth.
The intense discussion called for a brief tea break which was followed by another similar discussion. Only this time, the topics were “What issues are not addressed in relation to youth and hunger?” and “How can the youth assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger?” Once again the groups presented their findings after doing a bit of research and then again were questioned by the opposing team. The first group told the others about issues such as “political agenda behind food distribution” and “The lack of infrastructure can cause hunger.”The second group suggested the building of greenhouses in urban areas in order to provide food and jobs for the youth. It was an exciting debate.
At midday the group left for an excursion to the Food Bank where they received a detailed tour of the warehouse from Ms. Paulina Jafet. The warehouses are used to store food, and very relevant to the discussed issues earlier. The food is part of the food bank programme and is distributed to the underprivileged once a month as part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan. The scale of this operation is massive and it is easy to see how much hard work has gone into driving this initiative. Unfortunately they often face delays from their suppliers but they always get the job done. After thanking the officials for showing the students around they returned to the United Nations House.
To conclude, it was another exciting day to be part of the United Nations High School Practicum Program. To see the work done in this country concerning food distribution first hand was eye opening and definitely an experience the youngsters will not forget.