Category Archives: Outreach Activities

Practicum Students visit the Food Bank & have a round table discussion

The High School Pacticum Programme is in its eighth day and the students continue to showcase great enthusiasm and participation. They began their morning session on 18 May with a review facilitated by UNIC’s Anthea  Basson on what they did  the day before.

After the review, Anthea handed over to  the  team Alphonce and Emma to engage with the team on two different topics; namely the “Effects of hunger and poverty in the Namibian youth” and “How can the United Nations assist in engaging the youth in fighting against poverty?”. The team was then divided into two groups  tasked to to do research on the topics  received. After completing their research the students  came up with questions that they were going to ask one another.

Once they formulated their questions, the programe led into a  round table discussion where each team presented their topic to the other team. Meanwhile, the other team was allowed to ask questions. The discussion became heated as each team tested the others’ arguments. The first group brought up issues such as how hunger can lead to youth neglecting their education, and the second group spoke about how the United Nations can implement programs specifically to educate the youth.

The intense discussion called for a brief tea break which was followed by another similar discussion. Only this time, the topics were “What issues are not addressed in relation to youth and hunger?” and “How can the youth assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger?” Once again the groups presented their findings after doing a bit of research and then again were questioned by the opposing team. The first group told the others about issues such as “political agenda behind food distribution” and “The lack of infrastructure can cause hunger.”The second group suggested the building of greenhouses in urban areas in order to provide food and jobs for the youth. It was an exciting debate.

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Practicum students zoom in on: Youth Empowerment and Development

Youth Empowerment and Development is a process where children and young people from 16 -35 are encouraged to take charge of their lives and provide the youth with possibility’s and options to do so. An important aspect to achieve the empowerment of the youth is to make them believe in themselves to have an impact on their self-consciousness, thoughts, beliefs, values and their attitude. To actively empower themselves the youth could e.g. participate in the problem solving progresses in their community’s.

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The day started with a motivational and encouraging speech from Mr. Mandela Kapere, from The National Youth Council. We were impressed to find out that he participated in the writing of the African Youth Charter of the African Union. He mostly focused on the Youth Empowerment and Development.

Mr. Kapere mentioned a few important issues and solutions to improve the lifestyle of the youth. He mentioned that education is absolutely necessary to guarantee welfare of the youth through training that the government offers to the youth to try and better their future. The National Youth Council’s goal is to help woman, mainly from the rural areas so they too can have better opportunities in life. The council also focuses on helping children with disabilities to learn to be independent and get equal opportunities. He further emphasized that sexuality is a problem amongst the youth and the community at large and in order for the youth to tackle these issues, the youth should be encouraged to uplift each other and not judge one another. Continue reading

What do you know about the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

On the 15th May 2017, the High School Practicum Program (HSPP) participants took on the task to bring information to the public by raising awareness about the United Nations and its mandate. The main focus of this exhibition was to domesticate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as distribute other publications of the United Nations. The exhibition took place at Wernhil Mall and the display stand was located in front of Wimpy with UN banners and material about the United Nations.

In an effort to support the UN in achieving vision 2030, the (HSPP) participants distributed materials to the public which comprised of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) flyers, the Namibian Constitution and the SDG report 2016.

The team approached the public, both young and old by handing out flyers and utilizing the skills learned over the past week to speak to the public and tell them more about the SDGs and the United Nations. The public information sharing and knowledge management exercise is also aimed at youth supporting or engaging the youth. The Namibian population is primarily made up of the youth who comprises of 66% of the total population. The future leaders needs to take control of the country’s development agenda and educated themselves on the ideals of the UN to make informed decisions that will be beneficial to the future of the country.

At the beginning of the activity the participants were a bit hesitant and struggled with identifying who to approach, but with time confidence was gained and it became easier to approach random strangers and spread the message across cultures.

The public was very engaging and asking questions such as what are the SDGs about, what is the UN currently doing? How does this information benefit them as a public?  What evidence is there to show that the UN is working towards vision 2030? Continue reading

2017 High School Practicum: Life After High School

On 12 May 2017, day 5 of the High School Practicum Program, paid a visit to the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) to learn about life after high school and the benefits of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

Upon arrival the learners were welcomed by Ms. Carol Millward (Cooperative Education Unit) and her team. Ms. Millward introduced Mr. Michael Kisting, the career guidance counselor of NUST, who delivered an informative yet entertaining presentation on life after high school. The presentation focused on work ethics, discovering ourselves and the dos and don’ts when choosing a career. He highlighted questions like: What jobs are in demand? Is the salary good? Are the hours short? Will it make me happy? Am I passionate about it? Is it really what I want to do? Just to name a few.

Mr. Kisting also presented a chart on the vast personality types that exist, we had to select a particular personality, which resonate well with each of us. This was complemented with a handout on several job types that fits each personality. For example conventional types which suits individuals that are more detail orientated and the social personality type which suits individuals that are more understanding.

After the inspiring and thought provoking presentation, Ms. Millward provided food for thought on Work Integrated Learning (WIL), which focused on 3 main targets: the students, employer and Universities. The presentation was followed by a practical activity where the team was divided into 3 groups according to their grades. The practical challenged the students to up their skills on their future goals.  The learners all shared common goals “to obtain excellent grades/results”. Continue reading

Practicum students discover the importance of accurate information

On Thursday 11 May 2017, the High School Practicum Students reflected on their 4th day of the programme. UNIC’s Anthea Basson welcomed the group back and listened to each person’s reflection and feedback.  This simple exercise provided insight in the value of listening with intent and valuing and appreciating what the next person has to say.  Following a session of taking group pictures, the UNIC team took to the stage and role played a scene.

Mpho  from UNIC Windhoek,set the scene and acted out a play as a political figure delivering a public speech to the community. He was campaigning for a fictional political party (“BBB”) where he was slandering his opponent, the fictional “GGG” party. E.g. he blamed the “GGG” for not keeping their promises to the public. During his speech he didn’t provide the community with valid facts or evidence. He opened the floor for questions where UNIC’s Emma acted as a journalist and attempted to ask him questions such as, “could you provide evidence for your claims against the “GGG” party?” Mpho avoided informative answers and chose to raise his voice and insult the journalist for asking inquisitive questions.

He ended the play by asking the group what was wrong with his speech. Together a discussion  unfolded about the speech and the students concluded that the speech contained sure elements and traits of propaganda. The objective of the role play and discussion was to teach the students how to identify vague, subjective and misleading information presented as accurate facts.This was followed by a presentation by the UNIC team on the importance of accurate information. The presentation detailed the evolution of communication, tracing the timeline of news, new forms of journalist, the digital era as well as the prevalence of “fake news.” Continue reading

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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A Day in Her Shoes: #WCW Nesindano (Nunu) Namises

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 got to know writer, poet, singer, mother and our #WCW for the month of April,  Nesindano Namises (Nunu).

Nunu, an avid artist with a love for writing, singing, and poetry asserts that, “It’s all put me exactly where I need to be so that I finally understand where I need to go. I think my career achievements are soon to peak, I’m not there yet, but I know that my work as a mother has proven more successful than my work as an artist.” Continue reading

NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy through UNCG training

Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017.

The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas.

NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek officially launches Model United Nations UNAM

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Windhoek, 5 March 2017: Today the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) launched the Model United Nations programme at tertiary level. UNAM’s Model UN Society Executive Team and group members gathered at the UN House in Windhoek dressed in their diplomatic attire to signal the official start of the programme.

UNIC Windhoek will provide ongoing technical support to the UNAM Model UN Society and ensure that the Model UN programme at tertiary level will remain on par with its worldwide counterparts. UNIC Windhoek handed over an official banner and a gavel to the society at the launch event to kick-start the programme. Continue reading

Teachers learn about High School Practicum Programme

Teachers from secondary schools across Windhoek visited the UN House in Klein Windhoek on Tuesday, 28 April to learn about the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme (HSPP).

The HSPP, the first programme of its kind worldwide, began in 2016. It is designed for the Namibian child and involves real life experience working in an international development environment and engaging with UN Staff mentors.

Each day of the two-week long programme, HSPP participants learn about the United Nations, its work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their skills are put to the test through educational and interactive practical sessions.

Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, highlighted that the programme benefits learners’ education. Continue reading