Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela devoted his live to service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and as the first democratically elected president of the Republic of South Africa.
One hundred years after his birth Nelson Mandela’s values of peace, justice, humility and his commitment to social justice still resonate and continue to inspire the world. Nelson Mandela day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela. The centenary celebration is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and follow his call to ‘make the world a better place’.
To honor his legacy on the promotion of social Justice, the fight against segregation and the promotion of a culture of peace, the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, proclaimed Nelson Mandela’s Birthday, 18 July, as International Nelson Mandela Day, devoting the day to serving the public.
On 18 July 2018, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team arranged a Mandela day Public awareness campaign with motorists. The campaign involved handing out inspiring messages of Mandela attached to promotional items e.g. SDG gift bags, lanyards, the Declaration of Human rights, UN fact cards, SDG lapel pins and UNIC Windhoek branded Pens. The team devoted its 67 minutes sharing messages of humility and peace with Namibian motorists at the intersection of Robert Mugabe Avenue and Sam Nujoma Drive.
Madiba led a life of sacrifice and unwavering leadership, in spreading the words of global peace and justice. Every day the United Nations works to promote peace, human rights and ensure sustainable development for all. This year’s Mandela day centenary and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal declaration of Human rights, is an opportunity for all people to recommit to upholding principles of equality, justice and human dignity.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek is pleased to congratulate and bid farewell to its outgoing team of interns who joined the agency’s internship programme for Communications, education and development at the beginning of this year.
The graduate programme was established to provide practical and pro-active training to grandaunts as well as recent graduates looking to sharpen their skills for the employment industry.
Interns actively participated in the aiding of communicating key messages of the agency as well as conducting research, facilitating various outreach programs, strengthening social media campaigns, etc.
UNIC Windhoek internship programme exposed students to a network of people in a more controlled and stable environment. Proper training, assignments, and duties were given without the added pressure.
These young novices have done exceptionally well, their efforts and impeccable commitment to deliver will only advance their skill sets for the future. The students stated: “The experiences we went through shaped us, encouraged personal development, but also greater understanding of one self. And being an intern at the Centre gave us more opportunities to build connections with UN professionals that can be very beneficial for our future career.”
On behalf of the entire UNIC Windhoek team, we wish to express appreciation to the outgoing interns and cast our best wishes towards their future endeavours. Thank you for your support and willingness to go the extra mile in executing the work of the UN in Namibia.
On the 27 June 2018 UNIC Windhoek held a training session tertiary level at the UN house where various participants from different tertiary institutions gathered to elevate their caucusing skills and above all comprehend the importance of research that drives a Model UN conference. In partnership with the University of Namibia (UNAM) Model UN Society, the president of the UN Model UN Society facilitated a training session on 27 June and 04 July 2018 for students from UNAM, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), College for the Arts and University of Management (IUM) students.
The training session was officiated by MUN chairperson, Helena Kandjumbwa who guided the delegates through the Rules and procedure, geopolitical, cultural, and historical aspects of dealing with the member state allocated to the delegates. With the support of the Centre she delivered a robust session which motivated the delegates with inquisitive responses.
A conference for tertiary students is scheduled to take place during October this year.
Women play an integral role in our society. In an endeavour to feature women from different sectors, our WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW campaign, highlights women in our community doing extraordinary things. This week, we release the rest of our interview with our April feature, Lucinda Ockhuizen.
Which of the 17 SDGs resonate with you and why? How do you plan to work towards achieving this goal?
Gender Equality is the SDG that resonates with me the most because we live in a society where very few of the entire university enrolments for science fields are women, yet some of the most difficult challenges of our time can be solved by Scientists and Engineers. I plan to assist in achieving this goal by actively encouraging more women to embrace STEM fields in Namibia.
Why is it important to empower women and girls to pursue careers in the field of technology?
Empowering more women to work in the STEM fields will maximise innovation, creativity and efficiency. By making women part of the STEM workforce, services and solutions will be guided by a broader array of experiences and will be better designed and more likely to represent all users.
What motivates you and who is your role model?
I am motivated by the idea of changing people’s lives and I am inspired by strong and powerful female role models and their stories.
What is your advice to girls following their dreams?
I would say to young girls: “You can determine what your outlook is about a situation, despite where you come from or what you are going through and you shouldn’t let go of your dreams simply because someone else says it is impossible.”
Our Model United Nations programme is specifically targeted for Namibian youth! Young people have the opportunity to learn more about the UN by modelling diplomats and heads of member states in a simulation of the General Assembly. Topical discussions take place and the aim is to reach consensus and pass a resolution at the end of the conference. As youth gather to deliberate and step into the shoes of diplomats they need to learn about the UN and how it works, the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda and need to stay true to ideals of the UN Charter. The Model UN programme develops critical thinking and analysis and provides young people with a more pragmatic view of international relations and diplomacy.
Preparations are under way to host the 7th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) conference for high school learners in Namibia. The applications forms are streaming in and soon the UNIC Windhoek team will release the final selection of delegates who will convene during September 2018 in Windhoek to debate, lobby and negotiate as member states of the General Assembly. For more information about the programme please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 061 204 6367.
UNIC Windhoek’s #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign features formidable women who are making a mark in their respective industries. Last week we introduced our April feature Lucinda Ockhuizen. This week we learn more about how her journey in 3D technology started… #WCW
As a Namibian woman in 3D technology in the country; can you tell us a bit about what that entails?
In 2014, while briefly living in Australia. I came across a 3D printer at a Children’s Science Fair and I was fascinated by the potential to create something from nothing. We thought of creating similar opportunities for our son and children in Namibia. A few months after we moved back to Namibia, we purchased our first 3D printer and started creating products for family and friends. Our first product was fabricated in our kitchen – a 3D printed map of the Namibian regions.
In 2016, I was nominated and subsequently shortlisted for the prestigious African Women Awards – Dynamic Start up Award. The nomination was an honour and door opener for me. In 2017 we introduced educational tech services and programs and we are currently working on a 3D printing programme which will align with the Namibian national curriculum. Continue reading
UNIC Windhoek through its graduate internship placement programme hosts national and international interns for a minimum period of 3 months up to 6 months. During the internship, interns are exposed to the work of the UN Namibia and work along side UNIC Windhoek staff to implement programmes and campaigns. Meet one of our talented Namibian interns currently working at the Centre, Gina Gowases.
Masimba Tafirenyika, Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria was on official visit to the UNIC Windhoek Centre in Namibia. During his visit from 9-11 April 2018 he met with the United Nations Country Team in Namibia ( representing all the agencies in Namibia), the UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Communications Group as well as stakeholders and partners of the UNIC Windhoek office.
UNIC Pretoria holds regional responsibilities to assist other UNICs in sub-Saharan Africa. With South Africa’s well developed infrastructure, large national and international media presence, relatively well resourced government departments, established academia, active civil society and an extensive diplomatic corps. Pretoria is thus a logical choice for such a regional hub. The office lends substantive support to other UNICs on thematic and logistical issues, as well as, where necessary, policy guidance and information outreach assistance. Continue reading
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honours women through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign. Throughout the campaign we will meet some of the inspiring women who are making an impact in their communities and find out how they bring about change.To kick start our campaign for 2018, we meet Lucinda Ockhuizen, co-founder, Gadget Boy 3D Solution.
- Who is Lucinda Ockhuizen?
I am an educator and a fortuitous social entrepreneur. I am also a daughter, sister, devoted wife and a mother to a 6 year-old boy. I grew up in a small town, in an entrepreneurial household. My mother was a seamstress, and a baker, and my father owned an auto-repair shop. The knowledge and experience I gained growing up in this environment would eventually be invaluable in starting my own business.
I completed a BSc degree in Human Life Sciences, a postgraduate Honours degree in Psychology, and a postgraduate certificate in Education at Stellenbosch University. Following my studies, I first worked as a high school teacher, teaching Sciences, Mathematics, Computer studies, and Life Orientation. I am currently self-employed as an Educational Consultant/Educator, with specific interest and expertise in STEM project-based learning, as well as providing learning support for learners with learning difficulties. In 2015, I became a Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and the Director of Education, Research and Development at GadgetBoy 3D Solutions.
My ambition is to educate more women and children on emerging technological developments, to develop and implement solutions related to socio-cultural and environmental issues.
Read more next week about being a Namibian woman in 3D technology…
Did you know? The world commemorates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April each year?
On this day, citizens of the world are encouraged to learn, innovate and promote the ways that sport can help countries, communities and individuals to live, peaceful, prosperous lives.