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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 learn about technology & education

The High School practicum programme for 2017 is well underway at the United Nations Information Centre Windhoek, and on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, the group were taken on an interesting journey to learn more about technology and education.

The third day of the programme started off with a ‘do you know your partner’ warm up session, the idea behind the game was for the students to get to know each other better. This really created excitement and prepared the group for the guest speaker of the day.

The participants were addressed by a guest speaker, Mr. Schalk Eramus, the Chief Operating Officer of Paratus Telecom and his colleague Ms. Sunette Burben.  Paratus Telecom is a 100% wholly owned Namibian telecommunications operator with a prolific network extending the entire Namibia with additional international points of presence located in Johannesburg, Lisbon and London.  It provides telecommunications services to the Namibian public as well as the private and corporate sector.

Mr. Schalk Erasmus’s presentation was titled ‘Education and Technology’. The main aim of the presentation was to enlighten the youth on the revolution of technology on our society and future generations. He outlined the history of technology and the internet in Namibia and globally. Addressing this issue highly depends on the better judgement of humans. The learners were particularly interested when the guest speaker outlined the advantages and disadvantages of technologies in education which include the following.

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