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#MondayMenu: 11 – 17 September 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 11 – 17 September 2017.

UNESCO Windhoek Office in collaboration with UNAM will be hosting a Training of Educators on the Supervision of Research Proposals from 11 to 12 September. The training is mainly to capacitate educators to effectively supervise under-graduate educational research projects and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in research.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facilitating a Training of Trainers for Conducting a Food and Nutrition Security Assessment. The training is taking place in Otjiwarongo from 11 to 15 September 2017.

UNESCO Windhoek Office will also be holding a Training Workshop for Life Skills Teachers from 12 to 14 September in Zambezi Region.

UNIC Windhoek in partnership with UNICEF Namibia will raise awareness on children’s rights and responsibilities with learners ages 9 and 10 from Windhoek International School (WIS) on 13 September 2017. Through a presentation, the students will also learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UN Namibia is running a book drive this week. Collections will be donated at the Read Namibia UN Plaza Public Event on 16 September. In line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 ‘Quality Education’, the public event aims at raising awareness of the importance of literacy and reading for Namibia’s youth.

Read Namibia launches Readathon activities for 2017

The official launch of Read Namibia’s Readathon activities took place on 6 September where all partners gathered at the National Library of Namibia to kick start this year’s reading campaign. Speakers discussed the importance of reading and nostalgic ties that reading has with childhood. Reflective questions such as do you remember being read to as a child, allowed attendees to relate back to memories of sitting on their parents’ laps with a book, being read to at a local library as well as  the first book they ever read. Memories such as these are often deeply ingrained in our childhoods and, in many ways, shape who we are.

The Readathon campaign is spearheaded by Read Namibia, a broad coalition of businesses, teachers, librarians, booksellers, cultural organizations, and diplomats. Together the coalition are working with the Ministry of Education to promote a culture of reading in Namibia.

At the launch, Mrs. Melinda Burrell from the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) introduced September’s Read Namibia activities including events being hosted at the UN Plaza where the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Ghebo, will speak and read to children at the event. Representing the UN System in Namibia at the launch, Ms. Anthea Basson from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek added that the UNRC will hand over books on 16 September at the UN Plaza collected during an internal book drive by the UN in Namibia staff. The United Nation’s participation in this year’s readathon events demonstrates the UN’s commitment to the SDGs and highlights the importance of  quality education in Namibia.

Mr. Eli Manga, Acting Director of Namibia’s National Library and Archive Services stated, “Reading is the window to the world for children and as adults we must open that window.” Mr. Manga highlighted the adult responsibility to share reading with everyone. Mr. Steve Kaangundue, Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning and Community Development echoed this sentiment in his statement, “Reading is the foundation of all forms of learning. Books are the doors to knowledge and we all bare the responsibility of sharing reading to all, especially in line with the SDGs and SDG #4, Quality Education for all.” Mr. Kaangundue’s mention of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals especially draws attention to the continued UN efforts to ensure everyone has access to the quality education that they deserve.

Read Namibia aims to ensure that all citizens are well poised to take up the challenges of operating within a knowledge economy and are able to compete multi-nationally as Namibia continues to develop and prosper (Read Namibia 2017). “Reading with all its benefits to learners should be encouraged at all levels. As parents, educators and librarians, we all have a crucial role to play to establish a love of reading in our younger generations.” [1]This project aims to create a brighter future for young Namibians through the encouragement of reading and the spread of knowledge.

 

[1] Read Namibia website: https://readnamibia.wordpress.com/

UNIC WINDHOEK LAUNCHES A LIBRARY BLOG

Libraries have always been about change: adding new publications, implementing new databases, incorporating catalogue systems: the list goes on and on. Now, with the rise of technology and the internet, the key is to be in the driver’s seat in terms of utilizing technology to its fullest potential.

The UNIC Windhoek blog is created with the main aim of connecting the library with the public through online publication of world interesting stories, alerting the Namibian public about the phenomenon philosophies and publications of the UN sustainable development goals. The blog is created to encourage  library users to interact with publications in the digital realm and create awareness on the importance of our sustainable development goals.

On the blog, articles, poems, videos, new books and human interesting stories are published and updated daily. The blog is unique and provides a way to alert the Namibian public about new books that have arrived in the library. The blog further features, human interest stories that emphasise people making a positive change in society and library resources which feature educational projects that one may read, download and share.

Through the UNIC library blog, the public’s attention is drawn to interesting topics such as world peace, taking care of the environment, conserving water, list goes on and on. The blog further aims to contribute in creating a good reading culture through the regular articles we update on our blog. Thus, in doing so, the Centre will encourage the public to write and think critically about the problems that are facing the world today.

This online platform provides a sustainable way of interaction between the United Nations Information Centre, the staff members of the UN and the library stakeholders.

The main aim of the blog is to interact digitally with different audience types and to educate the Namibian public about the issues that are facing the world, provide possible solutions and recommendation on how to tackle them. The UNIC Windhoek Library blog also provides a unique platform to increase awareness of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Here is the link to the UNIC Windhoek

Library blog: https://unicwindhoeklibrary.wordpress.com/

 

 

#PeacePals project concluded at Windhoek International

The fifth instalment of the #PeacePals project concluded for the year at the Windhoek International School with 110 learners in attendance ranging from grades 9-12.

On the 1st of September 2017 the auditorium set a relaxing atmosphere for our audience, an open-minded and eager group of learners and educators keen to engage in the topic of International Peace. The presentation was conducted by the UNIC team and was fostered by questions and answers during the presentation.

The audience was informed of the role the United Nations plays in the world and how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were designed to aid in achieving Vision 2030, not just in Namibia, but in the world. The learners were reminded how they contribute to enhancing the Sustainable Development Goals and how people from around the world play their part to ensure that these set goals are obtainable within the 13 years ahead.

In anticipation of the International Day of Peace taking place on the 21st of September; the audience was focused on the refugee crises that has affected the world in the last 4 years. The audience was intrigued to know how they could contribute to the overall objective of SDG 16 known as ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’. The Peace Pals project which was created to enable learners to have a cross border international communication channel with other learners from Jakarta allowed them to share their views around the topic. The Peace Pals expressed themselves on postcards giving insight on what peace meant to them and how they can try to promote peace in their daily lives and in the lives of those around them.

The 1000 postcards received from the five various schools were sent to the various partner schools in Indonesia. On the 21st of September 2017 the learners of the five participating schools in Windhoek will receive postcards from their fellow peers. Herewith they will have an insight of their counterparts’ views, concerns and solutions on global peace. Continue reading

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Dissapearances

30 August is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Who is affected by enforced disappearances?
 
1.The Victims Themselves
 
The victims are frequently tortured and in constant fear for their lives. They are well aware that their families do not know what has become of them and that the chances are slim that anyone will come to their aid.
 
2.Friends and Families of the Victims
The families and friends of the victims, experience slow mental anguish, not knowing whether the victim is still alive and, if so, where he or she is being held, under what conditions, and in what state of health. They alternate between hope and despair, wondering and waiting, sometimes for years, for news that may never come.
 
3. Communities
Communities are directly affected by the disappearance of breadwinners, and the degradation of the families’ economic situation and their social marginalization.
 
Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.
Read more: http://ow.ly/JOjC30eMlNY

#MondayMenu: 28 August – 3 September 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 28 August – 3 September 2017.

UNIC is launching its Learning-the-Lingo programme on 28 August 2017. The financial literacy programme is intended to give senior secondary and vocational students, who will soon be entering the workforce, a foundational understanding the importance of long term savings, prudent money management skills and financial resources that can enable them to uproot themselves from constraining economic circumstances.

The Closing Workshop on emergency support to mitigate the impacts of El Niño induced drought on pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Erongo, Kunene and Omusati Regions is taking place in Otjiwarongo from 28-29 August 2017.

29 August is the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The Day is meant to galvanize the United Nations, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and the media to inform, educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapon tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world. Learn more about this Observance: un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/

Common Country Assessment (CCA) Validation Meeting, a follow up to the CCA face-to-face interviews and consultations which took place from 03-07 July 2017, is taking place on 30 August. The CCA exercise is the first step in the formulation of the joint Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and UN Partnership Framework (UNPAF 2019-2023).

The findings of the CCA from the validation meeting will help to strategically position the UN system in the country based on robust evidence based analysis on sustainable development. The CCA not only provides the basis for future programming, but also represents a powerful source of information to help the UN system engage with national stakeholders.

Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole. Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. To raise awareness and rally support in addressing this issue, the UN joins the global community in commemorating the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August. Learn more: un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/

On 1 September, UNIC Windhoek’s 2017 #PeacePals programme will conclude for the year at the Windhoek International School. After learning about peace and SDG 16, the students will become pen pals of peace with learners in Jakarta, Indonesia. The cross-border, international communication channel will give learners a platform to voice their concerns and solutions on Peace.

 

 

Financial Literacy Decoded: Students at National Health Training Centre “Learn-the-Lingo”

An air of academic prestige was palpable on campus at the National Health Training Centre—revealing an institutional history devout to an increasingly growing field: medical sciences. On the morning of 28 August 2017, UNIC team members walked up to the Training Centre’s administrative building excited about what was about to take place in the company of approximately 80 learners.  The team first met with Ms. Kalimba; she wore a kind smile and created the steadfast impression that she harbored utmost regard for her student’s well-being.

Ms. Kalimba corralled the UNIC team into a traditional-style classroom where the latest UNIC outreach presentation would be unveiled. This week’s presentation was centred on Financial Literacy for youth in Windhoek. The Programme, titled with the auspicious name “Learning-the-Lingo” (LTL) delves into terms and concepts commonly used by financial and banking institutions. These are financial terms and concepts that often erect a terminology barrier and can serve to discourage students from taking advantage of financial services and resources. By decoding common financial lingo [or jargon] the presentation aimed to instil a confidence among youth that will help motivate them to take advantage of financial services such as banking, mobile banking, credit, and loans. The Programme also assists in providing students with a basic understanding of money management strategies and tools to prepare them for the transition into professional lives where they will be confronted with money management opportunities.

At first, students looked puzzled; as to why the United Nations was in their studious habitat revelling in the importance of money management and financial resources. However, the presentation made a fixed effort to round any corners of confusion by elaborating on financial literacy’s unique place within the UN, particularly its relevance to the UN Charter and most importantly, to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The presentation’s overarching themes included reasons to save earnings, brief summaries of banking products and services traditionally offered by the big banks in Namibia, the common terms attached to those services, while also endorsing effective financial resources that can kindle the entrepreneurial spirit—a spirit that often lines the ambitions of the industrious youth of today. The Programme also incorporated a highly relatable segment that addressed the “paycheque-to-paycheque lifestyle”—something many youth struggle with as popular culture commonly encourages a lifestyle of hyper materialism and living beyond one’s means. These superficial lifestyles were debunked using the rationale that money spent in excess to convey one’s personal success carries the potential to dissolve that same success.

The presentation corresponded with five of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Goal 1—No Poverty, Goal 4—Quality Education, Goal 5—Gender Equality, Goal 8—Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9—Industry Innovation and Infrastructure. Learning-the-Lingo effectively permeated these five (SDG’s) by procuring youth attention towards financial autonomy; motivating young people to take control of their monetary resources. Presenters encouraged young people to make responsible decisions with their savings by using the money management acronym “BISP” which stands for: Budget, Invest, Save, Protect—an acronym which was soon heard being rehearsed by 80 learners in the corridors outside of the classroom. Presentation material also touted the importance of always keeping the enduring sentiment of a “future self” in mind before spending earnings. LTL persuaded young people to devise well-informed plans that will allow them to accumulate, maintain, and grow earnings. Learners were informed of financial resources such as credit services and appropriately structured loans that can relieve daily economic pressures and constraints which so often hamper the potentials and social capital of individuals and stymie entrepreneurial pursuits. Continue reading

#MondayMenu: 21 – 27 August 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 21 – 27 August 2017.

FAO Namibia will be holding a Training of Trainers on Fall Armyworm and Tomato Leaf Miner, from 20-24 August 2017 in Otjiwarongo.

WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) will be on a polio active-case surveillance in Oshana region – as from 21-25 August 2017.

IOM will have a Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting for the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) project on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 08:00-12:30. The members of the TWG will come together to review the 2nd draft of the MECC assessment in Namibia.

23 August is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition. Learn more about this International Observance: http://bit.ly/1Js4Byk

 WHO, along with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), in country stakeholders, partners and NGOs involved in managing malaria control programmes at national and regional levels, will be having a Malaria Programme Mid-term Review meeting on Friday, 25 August 2017. WHO will be leading the discussions.

On 26 August, Namibia will celebrate Heroes’ Day, a national observance dedicated to remembering heroes and heroines who fought for the freedom of Namibia.

#MondayMenu: 14 – 20 August 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN
Namibia this week? Check out the
#MondayMenu for 14 – 20 August 2017.

With the aim of making the United
Nations a fully inclusive workplace,
which is respectful of all kinds of
diversity, UN Cares is running the “UN
for All: Dignity and Inclusion in our
Workplace” training for staff members
from 14-17 August.

On Tuesday 15 August, the United
Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Windhoek team will bring the 2017
#PeacePals project, a pen-pal
programme that promotes peace, to
Waldorf School in Windhoek. UNIC Windhoek is working with UNIC Jakarta to
provide youth with an international platform for communicating concerns about and innovative ideas on peace.

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), together with the World
Health Organisation (WHO) Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services
(MoHSS), is hosting a public lecture on blood donation. Blood transfusion saves lives
and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely
access to safe blood. To learn more about blood donation, stop by the Namibia
University of Science and Technology (NUST) Health and Applied Science
Auditorium on Wednesday, 16 August from 11h30-13h00.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD), held every year on 19 August, pays tribute to aid
workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and rallies support for people
affected by crises around the world. This year, humanitarian partners are coming
together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Learn more:
http://bit.ly/1zljwrj

To build support and create momentum for Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the United Nations General Assembly declared
2011-2020 to be the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. The goal of this Decade
Observance is to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
and to promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. Learn more:
http://bit.ly/2uCsxjn

Striving Towards a Better Future: UNIC Team Empowers Youth at Windhoek Central

180 enthusiastic students from Windhoek Central Primary School received a visit from United Nations Information Centre Windhoek on 9 August  to learn more about its educational outreach programme entitled UN4U. The programme teaches about the goals and vision of the United Nations and specifically focuses how the UN works for each of us.

The presentation showcased the work of UN agencies, programmes and funds in the country guided by the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF)  and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The primary school learners were intrigued by the various acronyms that were thrown at them and were seemingly curious with topical details on the partnerships the UN creates with the national government  in Namibia. The essential aspect of  this years UN4U outreach challenged the UNIC presenters to break down the core of the presentation into layman’s terms to ensure that the Primary School assemblies comprehend the message conveyed to them.

The UNIC team encouraged a participatory audience and learners were eager to answer questions and share their knowledge about the UN and the 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs). The learners passed around the microphone to add their voices on the subject matter presented.Recognizing the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, learners felt empowered, learning about their inalienable rights to education, freedom of religion, expression of thoughts and ideas, to feel safe and protected by their caretakers, government and institutions in their community – just to name a few. The youth benefiting more knowledge in learning about the UN itself and the different UN organizations based in Namibia. Continue reading