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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.

World Humanitarian Day 2017: Civilians are #NotATarget

Press Release, 19 August 2017: 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.

Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global online campaign, people around the world will raise their voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones and demand that world leaders do everything in their power to protect civilians in conflict. Continue reading

UNIC Team participates in blood donation public lecture

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team participated in a public lecture aimed at raising awareness of the importance of blood donation on the Wednesday, 16 August.

The public lecture, the third of its kind, was held at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) under the theme “Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often”. It was hosted by the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Namibia.

The blood donation public lectures are aimed towards educating the public on the different facets of the blood transfusion services in Namibia, with particular emphasis on the shortage of consistent blood donors in the country, as this leads to a shortage in supply. Continue reading

Waldorf School learners become #PeacePals

After learning about the importance of international peace, students at Waldorf School, situated on the eastern edge of Windhoek, became #PeacePals and wrote postcards of peace to learners in Indonesia on 15 August 2017.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team is aiming to reach 1,000 learners through its #PeacePals programme, and Waldorf School was the fourth of five schools that the Centre will be visiting this year.

Starting off with the presentation, approximately 70 students learned about the negative consequences of conflict on individuals, communities and countries and the different UN bodies focused on conflict resolution and the promotion of peace. The students became aware of how violence directly disrupts social life and opportunities for human prosperity after learning about the refugee crisis in Europe. Passionate about the topic, students frequently chimed in during the presentation to share their concerns with global peace. Continue reading

#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

Sunshine Private School learns how the UN works #UN4U

The third outreach for the UN4U programme took place on 3 August 2017 at the Sunshine Private School in Windhoek.  One hundred of the   senior students at the primary school participated in UNIC Windhoek’s UN4U programme, a programme which teaches how the United Nations works for you!

The presentation included information about the history of the United Nations, the UN Charter and its significance,   UN membership, the different organs of the UN as well as the various agencies, funds and programmes which make up this international organisation. It highlighted children’s rights and the work of UNICEF in particular.It also included a section on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are so crucial to the UN’s global mission.  The team also relayed information about the UN System in Namibia and its partnership with government structured in the United Nations Partnership Framework ( UNPAF) which highlights key pillars as the blueprint that drives the UN System in Namibia’s work towards the development agenda in Namibia.

The UN4U outreach created an opportunity for the youngsters to ask questions and engage with the team with the goal of learning more about the United Nations globally and in Namibia. The presentation is delivered in an interactive format that is relatable to students and encourages engagement through question and answer sessions. Through the use of photos, gifs, videos and statistics – the team presented the students with a holistic view of the UN System and its mandate.

The UN4U programme  complemented the school’s curriculum well and nuanced their understanding of the subject matter. UNIC provided UN Charter’s to the school which were placed in the library. In addition, a poster of the Sustainable Development Goals with a catch phrase “Shaping a world that empowers our Youth through the Sustainable Development Goals.”

 

 

#UN4U makes waves at People’s Primary School

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.

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UNIC Windhoek rolls out UN4U Programme for 2017

Since the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek embarked on a mission to ensure that the Namibian youth understand what the SDGs is all about and how they can be achieved over a 15-year target.

Contributing to the 2017 UN4U programme, the UNIC team visited the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 to educate grade 7 learners about the UN’s work and also to learn from the them and their teachers. This marks a series of three educational outreach initiatives in the run up to UN Day, which is celebrated annually on 24 October. The programme includes an overview of the United Nations, its history, UN peacekeeping, UN agencies present in Namibia, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). An additional segment of this year’s UN4U programme placed great emphasizes on the rights of the child and their needs.

A warm welcome by the the DHPS, ethics teacher, Ms. Tahnee Horenburg and learners to the introductory lesson on the fundamentals of the United Nations.In layman terms the team explained the roles of the UN organs, such as the General Assembly’s role in deliberating current problems and policymaking, as well as the Security Council, which recognizes and responds to world threats. Furthermore, the programs, funds and specialized agencies of the UN were highlighted to show the UN’s response to different problems. The video screening segment demonstrated the UN’s peacekeeping mission in conflict resolution and peace negotiations.

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