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
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.
Tuesday 4 July the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek launched the excitingly new Human Rights Visionary Programme. The outreach was pioneered at both Emmanuel Shifidi Secondary School and Highline Secondary School in Katutura.
The Human Rights Visionary Programme aims to communicate the fundamental principles of the United Nations (UN) verified through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The programme focuses on the first article of the UDHR which states that “all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The aim is to spread the vision contained in the first sentence of the declaration which demands for a world where everyone has an equal dignity in practice and not just on paper.
The 4 main goals of the project are:
1. To educate High School Learners about the United Nations.
2. To raise awareness of the importance of Human Rights.
3. To impart the values of dignity and equality to their fullest extent.
4. To inspire and spread the vision of an ideal world where the full realization of Human Rights become a reality.