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Meet this our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen feature: Maria Marealle: Architect, lecturer and researcher

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, Architect, Lecturer and Researcher. As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, UNIC Windhoek celebrates women making a positive impact in Namibia. As a way to get to know our features better, UNIC highlights one inspiring women per month.For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, a talented Architect as well as a devoted lecturer and researcher at the Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST.

A housing and urban development specialist, Maria works on development related interventions with the aim of reducing poverty and promoting equitable economic development which takes into account the needs of different sectors.

Maria holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Housing Management which she obtained from Lund University, Sweden as well as a Post Graduate and an Advance Diploma in Architecture from Ardhi University in Tanzania. She started her career by working as a practicing Architect for 12 years, she then joined UNHABITAT as a housing and urban development specialist for a development project in Tanzania. Continue reading

Practicum students learn that small steps can lead to big achievements

*An article authored by the student participants of the High School Practicum programme

To end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, a new sustainable development agenda was released on the 25th of September 2015. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can only be reached through the cooperation of governments, the private sector and civil society. The aim to develop the present and future is crucial for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

The second day of the high school practicum programme started with a presentation on the SDG’s. The first mentioned and elaborated goal was: “No poverty”. Noting that poverty is more than the lack of income and resources, but that limited access to education must also be taken in consideration. The elderly and youth are most vulnerable to poverty and are mostly affected during an economic crisis.

The goal of “Zero hunger” goes hand in hand with the above mentioned goal as well as the aspect of “Good health and well-being”, which promote healthy lives and well-being for all ages. Furthermore “Quality education” and “Gender equality” are crucial goals for sustainable development. Due to bad economics and infrastructure, water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation the goal of “clean water and sanitation” formation.

Goal 7 represents “affordable and clean energy” because quality jobs reflect in economic growth, goal eight “decent work and economic growth” was initiated. In relevance to the previously mentioned goal, “industry, innovation and infrastructure” was created. Investments in transport irrigation and information and communication technology rapid and sustained increases in living standards are safeguarded, because least developed countries are most vulnerable to inequalities in culture, religion, race and gender, the United Nations manifested the goal “reduced inequalities”. Other goals include “sustainable cities and communities”, “responsible consumption and production”, “climate action” as well as “life below water”, “life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. For all of the above mentioned goals, one goal was established to guarantee the successful, sustainable development. Required “Partnerships for the goals” are built upon values, principals and the shared vision of placing the world and its people at centre.

After being given a great deal of information, the students were divided into various groups and given the task on how to implement the SDG’s on a national and international platform. For children to be educated one must make quality education affordable and accessible. This was mentioned and further detailed on by the first group as well as the goal of a shielding cities and communities as hubs for ideas, culture, science, etc. When the 2nd group took the floor to reveal their actions on “Life below water” and exertions on “reduced inequalities”, the 3rd team could not hide their excitement on sharing their resolutions in reference to “gender equality” and “climate action”. We must remember that we all leave a green footprint on our ecosystem therefore we must respect and bear it. Concluding the presentations, the 4th group provided the team with a lecture on “Life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. Each team received feedback concerning the correct use of terminology and good posture during a presentation.

Lastly a video of how to properly write an article was shared with the team. Afterwards each scholar was assigned to write an article regarding any SDG of their choice. Inspiration was drawn when listening to their resolutions and opinions on social and economic issues and their vision to a safe and stable future.

Conclusively one can state that there is still much room for improvement on a basis on communicative and social skills. Every day remains a challenge, the team is motivated to give their ultimate best when solving various assigned tasks or challenges.

 

High School Practicum programme kicks off in Windhoek

On the 8th of May 2017 the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek officially set into motion  the two week High School Practicum Programme  where young selected students from a variety of schools can engage themselves in the world of the United Nations (UN).

The day started off with a meet-and-greet with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), Ms. Kiki Gbeho. The RC delivered an extremely motivational message inspiring the students to work hard, dare to be different, stand up for themselves and to take  space, i.e. take your seat  at the table, make use  of opportunities. Through her motivational speech she put great emphasis on the  “3 Es”, empowerment, education and employment.

After a brief tea break the participants received an insightful overview of the UN System. They learnt that the UN was started in October 1945 after the Second World War in order to promote peace and never allow such an event to occur again. Currently it has a total of 193 member states out of 196 existing countries. At first the UN did not have a large world membership but as the years passed more and more countries joined the organization, as the young people were  orientated through a timeline. Namibia joined the UN in 1990 on the 23 of April. In order for a country to be a part of the UN they have to agree with “The Charter of the United Nations.” The  students learnt  that the current  Secretary General is Antonia Guterres who replaced Ban Ki Moon at the start of the year 2017. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen features Maria Marealle: Architect, lecturer and researcher

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, Architect, Lecturer and Researcher. As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, UNIC Windhoek celebrates women making a positive impact in Namibia. As a way to get to know our features better, UNIC highlights one inspiring women per month.For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Maria Marealle, a talented Architect as well as a devoted lecturer and researcher at the Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST.

A housing and urban development specialist, Maria works on development related interventions with the aim of reducing poverty and promoting equitable economic development which takes into account the needs of different sectors.

Maria holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Housing Management which she obtained from Lund University, Sweden as well as a Post Graduate and an Advance Diploma in Architecture from Ardhi University in Tanzania. She started her career by working as a practicing Architect for 12 years, she then joined UNHABITAT as a housing and urban development specialist for a development project in Tanzania.

In 2009, Maria joined the Luxemburg Agency for Development Cooperation on a project NAM/343, as a Town Management expert, working on an Urban Development Project for Katima Mulilo.  Maria there after joined the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning at NUST as a lecturer and a researcher focusing on housing and urban development issues and challenges since January 2012.

Read the interview below to learn more about Maria Marealle, a lady doing her part to contribute to growth and development in Namibia.  Continue reading

Delegates Participate in Model UN Training ahead of Annual conference in June 2017

UNIC Windhoek conducted a successful two day training workshop for high school students on the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, 25-26 April 2017 at the UN House in Windhoek.

Delegates from schools around Windhoek, including Windhoek High School, Highline, Jakob Marengo, Jan Mohr, Dawid Bezuidenhout, Academia and Immanuel Shifidi attended the engaging training. UNIC Windhoek welcomed Eldorado Secondary School, who attended the programme for the first time.

The training was structured to present the basics and most essential components of Model UN and the delegates were assigned countries they will be representing at the upcoming Model UN

Namibia conference.The delegates were excited to learn which countries they would represent and who they will be partnered  with at the conference.

Impressive talent was showcased by the student delegates during the training session and the UNIC team is looking forward to the annual conference scheduled for 7-8 June 2017, to see what the student delegates will bring to the table! #MUNNAM2017 #ModelUN

UNIC Windhoek runs #FunFactFriday social media campaign: fun puzzles and quizzes about the SDGs

Check out our newly launched #FunFactFriday social media campaign. Test your knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by answering the questions or completing the puzzles. Learning about the SDGs is fun every friday! 

Check it out on on unicwindhoek’s  facebook, twitter and instagram accounts,

Every week we will focus on a different SDG or a new puzzle. Participate in the fun and share among your friends! Keep a look out for our #FunFactFriday every week!

 

What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 1-7 May.

What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 1-7 May. 
 
There are a few national observances this week including Workers’ Day (1 May) and Cassinga Day (4 May).
 
World Tuna Day is commemorated on 2 May each year and highlights the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
 
3 May is World Press Freedom Day and this year the observance is being commemorated under the theme ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies’.

#WCW: Wednesday Celebrate Women for April: Nesidano Namises ( Nunu)

As part of our on-going Wednesday Celebrate Women Campaign, a campaign pioneered by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek to celebrate inspiring women making a difference within Namibia, UNIC Windhoek features writer, poet, singer, mother and our #WCW for the month of April,  Nesindano Namises (Nunu).

“Poetry, like most art forms has the ability to heal through self-expression” Nesidano Namises, UNIC’s dynamic feature for April’s #WednesdayCelebrateWoman

 

 

World Book & Copyright Day: UN System, ADS and Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Promotes Reading Culture in Namibian Schools

In commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day, the United Nations System in Namibia, in collaboration with the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, jointly donated reading books to 160 ‘previously disadvantaged’ learners of the Havana Primary School on Friday, 21 April 2017.

The partnership initiative aims to inculcate a culture of reading amongst the Namibian child as well as encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have books of their own.  As study after study shows that children who have strong reading skills also have other skills for success: better attention and concentration skills, greater general knowledge, and feel more confident in exploring and learning.

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#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Nunu Namises advocates for Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals

The adoption of  the Sustainable Development Goals marked a tremendous shift for the post 2015 development agenda. 17 “Global Goals”   to charter new frontiers with regard to reaching 169 targets covering a broad range of development issues some of which include ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture as well as ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

 

As part of the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) asks the #WCW feature to pick an SDG which resonates with them most and why. UNIC also asks how the #WCW plan to work towards achieving that particular goal.

UNIC’s dynamic feature, Nesindano Namises (Nunu) writer, poet, singer, mother and #WednesdayCelebrateWomen for the month of April chose goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals.”

This goal states that a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level. Nunu believes that “anything that involves our collective growth as a people should be considered a collaborative effort. Continue reading