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#LetsRead campaign in support of #ReadNamibia

UNIC Windhoek in support of the ReadNamibia coalition, will post a weekly feature on social media platforms in support of the #LetsRead campaign. The campaign highlights what Namibians  are currently reading, in an effort to heighten awareness around the importance of reading and literacy in Namibia. Creating a reading culture has numerous benefits and can vastly improve learning and quality education. The campaign is aligned to SDG Goal 4, quality education.

Our #LetsRead feature this week is Nolizel Franks…

Nolizel Franks is an intern at the United Nations Information Centre #UNIC in Windhoek and spends her weekends volunteering with #ReadNamibia.As the founder of Leap Learning Centre, Nolizel provides special education to young learners grades 1 through 7. As a graduate of the University of Cape Town, she places a high emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4: Quality Education and strives to make Namibia a better place through educational initiatives.

What is she reading?Nolizel is reading The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016.She is also reading Mama Namibia by Mari Serebrov, a story based on the true events of the Herero Genocide of 1904.

What have you been reading lately? You can help us support #literacy in #Namibia by donating used books to your local library, reading to children in your community or volunteering with the Read Namibia Coalition! For more information please visit http://bit.ly/2jdkMPS #Letsread #education #SDGs

Namibian youth marimba band mesmerize audience with SDG performance

UN Day is one of the most important observances on the UN calendar, providing the UN System in Namibia with some time to take stock of its key achievements, reflect on successful partnerships and push forward to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the theme of UN Day aptly built around the achievement of the SDGs, it came as no surprise that the special entertainment, provided by the Sunshine Private School marimba band, was about the SDGs. The school marimba band prepared a 10min repertoire which had the audience moving to their unique sounds. It was followed by a spoken word performance on the 17 SDGs by a grade six learner, Tafadzwa Bopoto. He led the dignitaries and invited guests through each of the 17 goals, explaining what each goal meant.

Tafadzwa described the goals in simple terms which resonated well with the audience of learners from different schools. “Everybody deserves a meal,” he noted when referencing Goal 2, Zero Hunger, “as a student, education is very important, once we get an education, we can achieve whatever goals we want,” he noted when he reflected on Goal 4, Quality Education.

The audience members were all ears, as they nodded their heads and applauded in agreement, the entire marimba band echoed Tafadwa’s sentiments by playing a tune and calling out the Goals. When Tafadzwa concluded explaining the 17 Goals, he asked the audience questions, testing them on what he had just presented through his carefully crafted explanation of the 17 SDGs.

The Sunshine Private School marimba band’s spoken word showcased the talent of Namibian youth and added a wonderful ambience to the official proceedings. It was a highlight of their performance, and a testimony to the UNIC Windhoek team in the foundation the Centre is laying when embarking on educational outreaches to schools in Windhoek through programmes such as UN4U with a strong focus on the SDGs.

For the audience members and learners who participated in the UN Day 2017 observation, the 17 SDGs will never be the same again. Tafadzwa’s rendition broke down the goals in layman’s terms making them easy to understand. The Sunshine Private School was applauded for their preparation and entire performance. Their composed songs and spoken word was geared around the global goals and extremely memorable.

 

Read Namibia coalition learn about social media for grassroots causes

Tuesday, October 31st 2017 UNIC Windhoek lent support to a workshop hosted at the US Ambassador’s residence on behalf of the Read Namibia Coalition.

Read Namibia, which aims to educate young learners and give them the skills and knowledge needed to become global citizens, is made up of a diverse group of partners including the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS), the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (UNAM).

In an effort to support grassroots movements and broadcast information about Read Namibia, volunteers Lindsay Harrington of UNIC and Ida Sallah of the Coalition of Diplomatic Spouses, gave an educational introduction to communications strategizing and the use of social media for grassroots causes. As a low cost and powerful tool, social media networks can serve as excellent platforms to facilitate communications about grassroots efforts and grow visibility. The workshop detailed the ways in which coalition members can harness the powers of social media to broadcast Read Namibia’s mission and values to the general public in the Windhoek area. Volunteers discussed concepts like generating community engagement, educating the public about literacy initiatives in Namibia and enhancing Namibia’s reading culture among youth.

Read Namibia collaborates with volunteers from Embassies and High Commissions in Namibia, local libraries, schools and private sector partners to host reading events and

donate reading materials to young learners. While inspiring a love of reading in the younger generation, Read Namibia hopes that it can help combat illiteracy and promote quality education in an effort to transform Namibia into a knowledge-based society.

#MondayMenu: 30 October – 5 November 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 30 October – 5 November 2017.

FAO Namibia will be hosting Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) Trainings on the Rangeland Reseeding-Resilience Building Nexus on 31 October. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2iIfrQl

World Cities Day, 31 October, aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. Learn more: http://bit.ly/109o7jX

WHO and partners, together with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) in Namibia have consequently started to align country and partner efforts around a unified and multi-sectoral preparedness framework for a harmonized technical, financing, and evaluation benchmarks in the country.

Following the voluntary Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of IHR Core Capacities that was conducted in Namibia in December 2017, the country is in the final stages of completing a National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS), for preventing, detecting and responding to public health threats independently of whether they are natural, deliberate or accidental emergencies. This NAPHS is expected to be reviewed, costed and finalized in the meeting that is scheduled to take place from 31 October to 2 November 2017, in Namibia. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2zZX4L6

On Wednesday, 1 November, Namibia will commemorate the International Day of Poverty Eradication at Five Rand Camp.

The inauguration of the Yahoo Japan Patrol Camp at Etosha National Park will be taking place on Saturday, 4 November. Yahoo Japan, UNDP Namibia, the Embassy of Japan in Namibia, the Strengthening the Protected Areas System (PASS) and the Namibia Parks and Wildlife are involved in the initiative

UNIC Windhoek highlights the SDGs

At the UN Day exhibition, the United Nations Information Centre showcased its work to guests and young people in attendance. The UNIC exhibit showcased some programmes such as the Model United Nations programme as well as educational outreach programmes such as UN4U, Holocaust, PeacePals and more.

Most prominently the UNIC exhibition handed out information about the Sustainable Development Goals along with SDG branded bags and UNIC branded pens. The young people received SDG word puzzles and games, and were keen to learn more about the Global Goals. As the hub for information about the UN, UN charters, information about human rights etc. were available to the public to take along.

UNIC staff interacted with Government, diplomats, civil society and young people who were keen to learn more and understand the UN in Namibia better. As people departed from the UN house, it was wonderful to see them leave with UNIC bags, branded with the the Sustainable Development Goals which they now had a better understanding of.

Exhibition showcases UN System in Namibia’s work

On United Nations Day 2017, the UN System in Namibia demonstrated to stakeholders from government, diplomatic corps and civil society how the agencies and programmes in Namibia work together to deliver as one in Namibia through an exhibition.

The exhibition was hosted at the UN house,  and brought together all resident and nonresident agencies, to demonstrate the progress being made in the areas of health, the environment, food security, aviation, labour, poverty, the environment and gender equality.

Invited guests and youth toured the UN building, interacting with programme staff and learning more about each agency’s work and how it relates to national development. UN agencies distributed reports, information sheets and promotional material in support of their agency mandates and ensured meaningful interactions through videos, demonstrations and interactive displays.

The exhibition provided a platform to share the UN System’s vision and work and foster further collaboration among partners.

UN Day 2017: Youth encouraged to champion sustainable development

Windhoek, 24 October 2017 – In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place on 24 October 2017 at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

Kicking off the exhibition, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho said that partnerships, not only with development partners, stakeholders and academia, but also with the youth, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

“We challenge [the youth] to be the generation that creates a fairer world; a world with a health and educated population and where poverty is a thing of the past. We challenge you to unite for development,” the UNRC said.

Youth make up a large percentage of Namibia’s population, and according to UNESA, Africa’s youth population is expected to more than double by 2055. Demonstrating the innovation and drive of the younger generation, learners from the Sunshine Private School marimba band performed an original piece about the SDGs as part of the proceedings, encouraging the audience to use their voices to be the change they want to see and to achieve the 17 global goals.

The Deputy Minister of Economic Planning Hon. Lucia Iipumbu echoed the integral role of partnership in the achieving development agendas, specifically the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5).

“Together we have put in place some solid foundations for shared progress, which I am convinced we will continue to build on. We will continue to empower women, engage the youth, uphold human rights for all, eradicate poverty and provide technical support and expertise to push the development agenda forward in Namibia,” Hon. Iipumbu said.

Following the event, learners and invited guests, including Deputy Ministers from Land, Fisheries and the Office of the Prime Minister, representatives from Namibia’s line ministries, representatives of the diplomatic corps and development partners, had the opportunity to learn more about the UN’s work in Namibia and interact with various programme staff members. The dynamic exhibition also raised awareness of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF), the partnership framework between the UN Namibia and the Namibian government.

UN Day, an observance celebrated globally, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the UN officially came into being. In Namibia, over 170 staff members make up the UN System in Namibia.

Sustainable Development Goals welcome visitors to UN Namibia house

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are central to the work of the United Nations (UN). In Namibia, the SDGs are weaved into the country’s current national development plan, NDP5, demonstrating the national government’s unwavering commitment to work towards the greatest development agenda of our time.

At a historic UN summit on 25 September 25 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of a set of goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. These goals are a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity while also protecting the planet and resources.

 The UN House in Namibia houses agencies, programmes and funds which work in support of the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) in the areas of education, health, the environment, food security, gender equality and poverty.

 To promote public understanding and awareness of the 17 Goals, UN Namibia branded the different segments of the UN House boundary wall with one of the SDGs. The branded mural creates a striking, colourful display and heightens visibility for the landmark Global Goals – something that all citizens can embrace and inevitably help work towards.

 For these goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part, including you. Click here to learn more about the United Nations and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

 

 

 

   

UNIC Windhoek partner with UNAM Model United Nations to host mock conference

In partnership with the University of Namibia Model United Nations Society,  United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted the second Model United Nations (MUN) UNAM mock Conference  for 2017. The event was held at the United Nations (UN) House in Windhoek on 4th October 2017.

Model UN is an international programme where students simulate different organs of the UN, most notably the General Assembly. 

Under the guidance of UNIC Windhoek and the UNAM Model UN Society, participants deliberated over the following topic: “Addressing the social and economic consequences of religious intolerance.” Delegates debated and pointed out facts about religion and politics. In conclusion, the delegates pointed out that the only way to address the dispute between religion and politics is to educate people so as to familiarize them with the importance of respecting the next person’s religion

The debate concluded with an award ceremony acknowledging all participants, with special recognition given to the best speaker, as well as best overall delegate of the session. The president of the UNAM Model UN Society was pleased that the newly established Model UN Society continues to grow from strength to strength.

#MondayMenu: 2 – 8 October 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 2 – 8 October 2017.

UN Namibia and government partners will be participating in a training on the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Programming Principles from 2-4 October. The training is aimed at providing the UN-GRN team with the tools and techniques to drive the process of developing the UNPAF 2.0 for the period of 2019-2023, the second joint partnership framework between the UN and GRN.

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. It is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1AUPAkK

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1EjzW71

UNESCO Windhoek Office will be participating in the Inauguration of RAID FM Community Radio in Rundu on 3 October.

The University of Namibia (UNAM) Model United Nations society in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will be hosting the Tertiary Level End of Semester Model UN Mock Conference on 4 October.

UNESCO will be celebrating International Teachers’ Day in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) on 5 October. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2dtCo79