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#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates educator Petra Wojcik

petra-wcwEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments through its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW social media campaign. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates educator Petra Wojcik.

Petra has been a teacher for eight years. After teaching in Germany, she came to Namibia in January 2015 and started at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) where she teaches foreign language and social studies (politics).

From travelling the world and living in various countries, Petra gained valuable experiences and knowledge, which she applies to and incorporates into her teaching.

When she was 16 years old, her parents sent her to attend one year of high school in Melbourne, Australia where she learned about Australian culture and improved her English. Later during her studies at Bremen University in Germany, she went to England to study English intensively for half a year. These experiences formed her into the educator she is today.

Her international experience also prepared her to be the coordinator for Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) at DHPS, where she actively facilitates meaningful debates on pressing world issues for the students.

Check out Petra’s interview with UNIC Windhoek. Read along as she discusses the importance of quality education, explains how MUN promotes gender equality and encourages girls to live their dreams. Continue reading

UNIC successfully hosts 5th annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference

DSC_0118The 5th Annual Model United Nations (MUNNAM) High School Conference took place at the Safari Court Hotel Conference Hall on the 8th and 9th of June 2016, with an overwhelming attendance of 70 students from 12 different high schools across Namibia, amongst these participating schools were two from the Otjikoto Region, namely Etosha Secondary School and Otjikoto Secondary School.

KIKIAt the official opening ceremony, held on 8 June 2016, the UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho raised the gavel to signal the official opening. She highlighted the importance of the topics under deliberation and encouraged the young people to take an active role in decision making and ensuring their voices are heard. Her message to the young Model UN delegates encouraged them to “take space, be prepared and dare to be different”.

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MTN Business Namibia’s Finance and Administration Manager, Keith Handura, the main sponsor, in his opening address encouraged the youth to be innovative and emulate the MTN Business core brand values. He applauded the UNIC Windhoek team for the educational initiative and encouraged the youth to utilize the platform to move to greater heights.

Contrary to the usual modus operandi, this year, two topics were discussed, both of which were themed around the newly implemented 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘Woman’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development’ (as it pertains to Goal 5 of the SDGs) and ‘Ensuring Universal Access to Water’ (as it pertains to Goal 6 of the SDGs). Continue reading

First Model UN training at St.Paul’s a fun learning experience

st pauls sessionModel United Nations is a simulation of UN organs by students. Students “step into the shoes” of diplomats and engage in discussions, negotiating, lobbying for support and getting their positions across and finally crafting resolutions. UNIC Windhoek spearheads the Model United Nations Namibia programme for high school students and hosts an annual conference. UNIC Windhoek facilitates training to high schools in Windhoek, and help the schools start up MUN Clubs.

group photo st paulsModel UN season has kicked off and is in full swing, and the first training session at St Paul’s College was attended by two UNIC team members on 24th of February after school. The MUN Club was already seated and well into their introductions. The UNIC team introduced themselves last of all, and also presented a short verbal piece on what MUN is, and what the newbies to the club can expect. Continue reading

MODEL UNITED NATIONS NAMIBIA TRAINING 2015

munnam 1The Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme has been in operation since 2012, with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek spearheading the programme and hosting an annual conference. In light of not hosting the 2015 Conference, UNIC hosted an intensive two day training workshop for high school youth in the Khomas region at Safari Court Hotel & Conference Centre.

The training was aimed at streamlining the Model United Nations programme and ensuring that it is on par with the revised guidelines received from New York. The training was held 15 -16 September with approximately fifty three high school learners in attendance. The learners in attendance ranged from grade 8 to 11 and represented twelve different high schools in Windhoek. The training provided a practical learning experience in preparation for the 2016 MUNNAM Conference. It enabled the learners to gain realistic insights into the rules and procedures of the UN General Assembly and the practical skills diplomats implement during such a session.

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MUNNAM 2014 delegation selected for Cape Town!

IMG_0260The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Musinga Bandora made an exciting announcement at this year’s Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference. Following an invitation from UNIC Pretoria requesting a delegation to attend a high school Model United Nations Conference in October 2014, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office dug deep into his pockets to offer support to a Namibian delegation!

Ms. Anthea Basson made a formal announcement at the start of the conference on the intentions of the RCO’s office to support a delegation and established the selection criteria. This announcement certainly heightened the competitive spirit and encouraged delegates to deliver their utmost best!

A delegation of four participants was selected comprising of:

  1. The best female speaker ( this was a unique category established for the Cape Town delegation selection, to empower woman and ensure equal representation)
  2. The best delegation
  3. The best speaker

The winning Namibian delegation to Cape Town comprised of the following students:

Eerike Kahamundu (Jan Möhr Secondary School), Bianca Mungunda (Windhoek Gymnasium), Martha Frans (Hochland High School) and Rachel Nghimulitete (David Bezuidenhoudt Secondary School).

IMG_0249UNIC Windhoek along with the Resident Coordinator’s Office would like to congratulate the Namibian delegation and wish them the best of luck!! The Head of UNIC Ms. Anthea Basson was very excited to announce the winners, “after three years of hard work and passion we have poured into the MUNNAM programme, we will now be able to send a delegation to South Africa, it is indeed a proud moment for UNIC Windhoek. Over the past three years we have seen youngsters transform into mature youth ambassadors with a strong desire to make a contribution to their country’s development. The UNIC team realize that Model UN is so much more than the formal language, the business attire, the intensive debates and deliberations – it establishes connections between students that would never have been established and creates a platform for youngsters to peel away at their potential and grow as human beings. Bringing together students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds to one platform – where they stand united no matter their socio economic backgrounds and watching human connections form – make us proud to run this programme in Namibia!”

MUNNAM 2014 Conference closing ceremony

The closing ceremony at the Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference is by far the highlight for the students, who all anticipate scooping up one of the coveted awards! This year, the closing ceremony certainly brought a whole new fun edge to the conference. As the judges exited the room to tally the votes for the best speaker (as voted by the committee) as well as compare their notes to select the best delegation, best school, the UNIC team prepared a surprise for the anxious delegates…

IMG_0706Two UNIC team members kick started the MUNNAM funny awards and awarded spot prizes (compliments of our sponsor MTN Business Namibia) to delegates. Some of the awards included a title of “the most colourful outfit, the funniest delegate, the best waving placard, the best notepasser, the most punctual delegate and many more funny awards as observed throughout the two day conference. Thereafter the UNIC team invited a surprise performance on stage to entertain the delegates who were awaiting their fate.

IMG_0849A local Namibian artist and hit among the youth, Waka performed with two of his dancers. The type of music he performs is described as modernized Kwaito, Kwasa kwasa, Afro-pop and a bit of Oviritje sounds. His lively performance had delegates singing along and celebrating the end of two days of intensive intellectual exchange. The performance was amazing and the delegates roared with a resounding round of applause.

Thereafter, the committee returned to all seriousness as the head of UNIC, Ms. Anthea Basson delivered short closing remarks and called upon the spokesperson for the judges, from IOM, Mr. Auriel Mbangson to announce the winners. There was a buzz of tension and excitement as delegates quietly crossed their fingers in the hope that they would win!

The winners received custom made trophies as well as cash prizes with the compliments of MTN Business Namibia, the final results were as follows:

IMG_0939The best speaker as voted by the delegation was awarded to Rachel Nghimulitete (delegate from Singapore) from David Bezuidenhoudt Secondary School who received N$ 1500 in prize money.

IMG_0922The best delegation award was scooped up by the USA delegation comprising of   Eerike Kahamundu from Jan Mohr Secondary School and Bianca Mungunda from Windhoek Gymnasium, who were blindly paired to work as a delegation and did incredibly well! They also received N$ 1000 each as a cash prize from MTN Business Namibia.

IMG_0928The best school was awarded to St Paul’s College, who walked away with the floating trophy as well as N$ 3000 towards their school.

Special recognition was given to Damian Adams from Academia Secondary School who was nominated as best delegate by the judges for his diplomatic poise and exceptional ability to communicate and deliver a speech.

The conference was a major success and well received among all the delegates in attendance. The Model United Nations Namibia programme is one of UNIC Windhoek’s flagship programmes that reaches and impacts an astronomical amount of students countrywide, through training and establishing clubs at the different schools. Thanks to the support of teachers, principals and sponsors like MTN Business Namibia, the programme grows from strength to strength each year.