On the 8th of May 2017 the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek officially set into motion the two week High School Practicum Programme where young selected students from a variety of schools can engage themselves in the world of the United Nations (UN).
The day started off with a meet-and-greet with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), Ms. Kiki Gbeho. The RC delivered an extremely motivational message inspiring the students to work hard, dare to be different, stand up for themselves and to take space, i.e. take your seat at the table, make use of opportunities. Through her motivational speech she put great emphasis on the “3 Es”, empowerment, education and employment.
After a brief tea break the participants received an insightful overview of the UN System. They learnt that the UN was started in October 1945 after the Second World War in order to promote peace and never allow such an event to occur again. Currently it has a total of 193 member states out of 196 existing countries. At first the UN did not have a large world membership but as the years passed more and more countries joined the organization, as the young people were orientated through a timeline. Namibia joined the UN in 1990 on the 23 of April. In order for a country to be a part of the UN they have to agree with “The Charter of the United Nations.” The students learnt that the current Secretary General is Antonia Guterres who replaced Ban Ki Moon at the start of the year 2017. Continue reading