On 7 February 2017, UNIC Windhoek observed the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. High School students from Jan Mohr Secondary School, particularly those specializing in History, attended the day long event held at the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek.
UNIC Windhoek set up its annual Holocaust Exhibition in the foyer and the UN Library since 27 January, and welcomed visitors to view and reflect on this years poster set themed, the “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda”.
The students walked through the exhibit in their own time and were ushered to the venue where the UNIC team led a two learning discussion on the Holocaust. Students unpacked and brainstormed the meaning of some key phrases, such as “Human Rights,” “Genocide,” “Holocaust,” “Racism,” etc. They reported back to the group and the UNIC team were taken aback at how knowledgeable the youngsters were.
The posters were an important backdrop providing a platform for an interactive learning – the UNIC team took the group back to the exhibition and carefully guided them through each poster. Each poster provided ample opportunity for discussion and questions were jotted down for the last part of the programme. Continue reading
27 January 2016- On the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek staff learned about this tragic and defining point in history through a dynamic exhibition at the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia
The exhibition is part of UNIC Windhoek’s Holocaust Educational Outreach Programme, which this year is focusing on “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.
This theme “emphasises the universal dimension of Holocaust education as a platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity” (UN International Observances).
The UNIC Windhoek staff learned about the importance of the genocide prevention and are ready to share this knowledge with their peers.
The exhibition is open to the public and will be set up at the UN House for the next two weeks. Continue reading
Every year the United Nations Information Centre Windhoek commemorates the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust Remembrance. The Holocaust in itself altered history tremendously and has impacted the way we view the world to this day. To create awareness and broader understanding, UNIC screened the documentary “Path to Nazi Genocide” to grade twelve learners from Jan Mohr Secondary School. As a result of the real life footage, the images and narration, sent chills down the spines of the history learners as they quietly sat back to watch the film.
Learners who attended the Holocaust screening from Jan Mohr Secondary School
The Principal of the school, Mr.Kloppers, a passionate history teacher, guided the learners through the theory of the Holocaust. The youngsters were well informed, and easily recalled concepts such as “kristallnacht, anti semitism, genocide” and other key concepts. It was clear that Mr.Kloppers had taught extensively on the subject and that there was already a level of awareness and understanding among the learners.
However, when the screening started and the narrator unpacked the various segments, the look of horror and shock could be seen on the faces of the youngsters. Michelle, the top performer in her history class said, “Reading and seeing it is two different experiences. Seeing this DVD has truly touched me, I knew the theory, but I did not fully grasp the extent… Today, I saw things I thought were not humanly possible.”
One of the boys thanked UNIC for hosting the screening and related that this would certainly be of great assistance in their exam preparation as well. Mr.Kloppers, the school principal expressed his gratitude for the resource; he felt the DVD truly drove the message home to connect history to the hearts and minds of learners, further sensitizing them to be better future leaders.