On 2 August 2017, the UNIC team reached out to People’s Primary School in Katutura, and delivered the second installment of the #UN4U presentations to over 700 learners. When the UNIC team arrived, they were greeted by the students who were beaming with excitement in anticipation of learning more about the United Nations.
#UN4U is a program that educates learners about the fundamentals at the United Nations and the positive impact it creates on improving human rights in the world. The program has been tailored to appeal to students who are curious about United Nations activities and responsibilities. The principal Patrick Xoagub of People’s Primary imparted that his students were very excited to hear what the United Nations has to say and acquire more knowledge about the work of the UN in Namibia.
The presentation began with a re-telling of the United Nations history—a compelling and insightful narrative that included references to World War history and the League of Nations. This was followed by a indepthexplanation of the United Nations bodies and branches, the UN General Assemblies and Security Council meetings work and how its specialized agencies service the communities in Namibia. After a well- ordered delivery of the UN’s history and its mechanisms, strong emphasis was placed on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Learners active participation was encouraged by reciting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals out loud and to emphasize the significance of each goal and how they could help in achieving the SDGs. The UNIC team also relayed the importance of making these goals part of students’ everyday lives and reinforced the four priorities enforced by UNPAF—a strategic partnership the UN shares with Namibia that give emphasis to education and skills, poverty reduction, health, and institutions and environment.
In order to encourage learners to express themselves the 2017 #UN4U presentation also included a brief overview on the rights of children. The aim is to address how the United Nations supports the age going school child of Namibia. #UN4U represents a robust and motivated outreach aiming at disseminating information about the United Nations’ affairs and apparatuses to the youth of Namibia. Additionally, the program has a unique focus of empowering and inspiring Namibia’s youth by informing them of the resources that are meant to support and protect them. The bright minds were enthusiastic and willfully engaging, and became inquisitive as the question and answer period transpired. Teachers gave their thanks and touted the UN as a viable and accessible resource in their community, a resource that they would very much like to call upon again.