One of the primary roles of the United Nations information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek is to go into the field and educate young people about the work of the United Nations and ensure the understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Contributing to the development of the second instalment of the UN4U programme the UNIC team visited Gammams Primary School on 22 June 2018 to deliver another insightful presentation to over 400 learners, detailing how the “UN works for you”. The programme is presented annually as a precursor to the UN Day celebrations that are set to take place on 24 October 2018. The programme includes an overview of the United Nations, its history, UN peacekeeping, UN organs, UN agencies present in Namibia and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A warm welcome was extended to the team by the learners and teachers. The presentation included a brief overview of how the UN came about, the role of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and UN peacekeeping missions and how it responds to security threats. Furthermore, programmes and specialised agencies of the UN were also highlighted to showcase the UNs response in different situations e.g. emergencies, disease outbreak, disasters, etc. This was followed by a short video screening segment in order to summarise the history of the United Nations.
The fundamental objective of the UN4U programme is to educate young learners on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, emphasis is also placed on the UN’s technical support to the Namibian government e.g. policy formulation, prevention of disasters (drought or floods). The active engagement of the learners involved the presenting of the 17 goals to their peers using the Sustainable Development Goals canvases as a teaching tool. The volunteers were awarded with SDG branded lanyards.
At the end of the session, a feedback session asked learners which Goals resonate with them and why. Their answers included the following: Quality Education (SDG4), Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), End Poverty (SDG 1) and Partnership (SDG 17). SDG branded Bags were provided to those who provided feedback during this session.
It was a fun learning session for both students and teachers.