On the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on the 21 June was invited to present an introductory presentation on the Model United Nations (MUN) programme in Namibia to High School learners at Academia Secondary School.
MUN is a forum that simulates the activities of the UN bodies, during which representatives of different countries discuss strategies to respond to global issues. The programme cultivates public speaking and research skills, as well as critical thinking and innovative ideas within young Namibians. Such skills are meant to develop student’s confidence, professionalism and provide an intellectual atmosphere for socializing.
Furthermore, the outreach was meant to further popularize MUN within the school in order to motivate more students to participate. Academia already has several exceptional students who participated in the 2017 Model UN annual High School Conference, of which two were present during the presentation.
Students were thrilled about learning the major functions of the UN, the opportunity of dressing up according to foreign cultures and the exposure to the major problems threatening human prosperity. It’s safe to say that at with the relentless enthusiasm, and the tireless work of Ms. Nadia Coetzee-Huysamen who will be coordinating much of the MUN training, the future of MUN at Academia looks ripe with potential and future leaders.
UNIC Windhoek conducted a successful two day training workshop for high school students on the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, 25-26 April 2017 at the UN House in Windhoek.
Delegates from schools around Windhoek, including Windhoek High School, Highline, Jakob Marengo, Jan Mohr, Dawid Bezuidenhout, Academia and Immanuel Shifidi attended the engaging training. UNIC Windhoek welcomed Eldorado Secondary School, who attended the programme for the first time.
The training was structured to present the basics and most essential components of Model UN and the delegates were assigned countries they will be representing at the upcoming Model UN
Namibia conference.The delegates were excited to learn which countries they would represent and who they will be partnered with at the conference.
Impressive talent was showcased by the student delegates during the training session and the UNIC team is looking forward to the annual conference scheduled for 7-8 June 2017, to see what the student delegates will bring to the table! #MUNNAM2017#ModelUN
Windhoek, 5 March 2017: Today the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) launched the Model United Nations programme at tertiary level. UNAM’s Model UN Society Executive Team and group members gathered at the UN House in Windhoek dressed in their diplomatic attire to signal the official start of the programme.
UNIC Windhoek will provide ongoing technical support to the UNAM Model UN Society and ensure that the Model UN programme at tertiary level will remain on par with its worldwide counterparts. UNIC Windhoek handed over an official banner and a gavel to the society at the launch event to kick-start the programme. Continue reading →
2016 has been a successful and exciting year for the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek! In celebration of its accomplishments, UNIC Windhoek will highlight its 2016 programmes on social media from Monday, 19 December through Saturday, 31 December through its #UNICrecap campaign.
The National Information Officer to Namibia, Anthea Basson, says that many new initiatives were started in 2016.
“The UNIC Windhoek team worked very hard throughout the year. Not only did we expand our existing programmes, including Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) and UN4U, we introduced creative initiatives such as the Namibia Agreement, the High School Practicum Programme and #PeacePals while at the same time raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Basson said.
The Namibia Agreement, an agreement to take climate action signed by Namibian students on 22 April when world leaders were signing the historic Paris Agreement, was one of the many initiatives that focused on addressing climate change that UNIC Windhoek implemented this year. Continue reading →
Today, three former MUNNAM high school delegates met with UNIC Windhoek to engage on collaboration and partnership in establishing a Model UN society at the University of Namibia (UNAM). The Executive team of the envisaged group comprise of Helena Kandjumbwa, Clinton Muinjo and Lifalaza Simata, who are all “products” of UNIC Windhoek’s Model UN Namibia high school programme as of 2012. Since completing high school, the trio have been actively supporting Model UN. The trio spoke at length about the interest of students to continue their Model UN participation at Varsity level.
The new Model United Nations society for the University of Namibia will formally be registered as a UNAM society and will be supported by the United Nations Information Centre (Windhoek).The Centre looks forward to this new partnership with the aforementioned tertiary institution and students from a multitude of nations in 2017. The MUN Club at the University will provide the ideal continuation platform for high school learners, which has been active in the Model UN Namibia programme over the years. This will also streamline the roll out of the programme on the national and regional level. Continue reading →
Each 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 →
Seven Windhoek International School (WIS) Model United Nations (MUN) Club members will participate as delegates at the innovative Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) XIV Conference from 6 to 9 October 2016in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Windhoek, 4 October 2016: Seven Windhoek International School (WIS) Model United Nations (MUN) Club members will participate as delegates at the innovative Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) XIV Conference from 6 to 9 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Model United Nations, is an extramural activity in which students role-play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. The simulation takes place at a Model UN Conference and the delegates mimic the actual decision making process, having the same leadership structure and following the same rules and procedures. Continue reading →
In order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of gender equality, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments each Wednesday. For this week’s #WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Bridget Jenkins, a history teacher and Deputy Principal at St. Paul’s College in Windhoek, Namibia.
Before finding herself at St. Paul’s, Bridget was born and raised in a rural village along the coast of South Wales. At the age of 16, she had the opportunity to attend an international college that aims to develop international understanding, the United World College of the Atlantic, where she met people from all around the world. This experience had a large impact on Bridget, who continued on with her education at University in York.
Through her University’s Centre of Southern African Studies, she became interested in the history of southern Africa and met many Namibians who were campaigning for Independence at the time. Her experiences motivated her to continue studying, finishing with a Masters of Arts in African History and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been teaching and enjoying a career in education ever since. Continue reading →
Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (Windhoek) celebrates women through its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen social media campaign. With the two-day Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2016 Conference starting Wednesday 8 June, this week UNIC Windhoek celebrates Eulalia Joseph, the recipient of the Best Overall Speaker award at the 1st MUNNAM Conference in 2012.
Meet Eulalia Joseph, as she reflects on her journey…
Hi, I’m Eulalia, a 21 year old aspiring charted accountant at the University of Cape Town. My life presents a different challenge everyday and with that comes the opportunity to defy all odds and rise to the end of every day. I’m made of dreams and determination, and I’m driven by the desire to own an empire. In my free time you are likely to find me at the university’s debating union or indulging in photography. I took time in high school to find where my passions lie by partaking in everything from basketball to chess to drumming but I ended up enjoying and committing to the Model United Nations club at St. Paul’s College, Windhoek. I continue to participate in Model United Nations conferences offered at university level which is testament to the fact that once, a MUNer always a MUNer.
1.) Why did you choose participate in the Model UN programme when you were at high school?
It was a new initiative, and I knew very little about the United Nations, so naturally I was attracted to the challenge. Additionally, as an orator I was drawn to the idea of being able to speak about the issues that profoundly affect people all over the world.
2.) You were selected as Best Overall Speaker during 2012 MUNNAM conference, what did this mean to you?
More than feeling honoured and being happy, to this day the award is a symbol of a young girl becoming fully cognizant of her own potential. Continue reading →
On 19 May 2016, the United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s Practicum Programme participants saw the impact climate change has had on Namibia by visiting Avis Dam and finished off the day with a MUN simulation through which the participants discussed the topic of wildlife trafficking.
To start off the day, the UNIC Windhoek team and the practicum students visited Avis Dam, which is one of the three main dams that supply water to Namibia’s Central Region in which Windhoek is located. The students were shocked to see the dam, which is currently completely dry, and exclaimed that it looks more like a football field than a dam.
After learning about the impact climate change has had on Namibia early in the Practicum Programme, the students were able to see firsthand how dry Namibia indeed has become as a result of the drought. The students were deeply concerned about this development and amazed at how fast the drought is affecting the local vegetation and water bodies. In order to encourage a focused dispute over the impacts of the water crisis the students were then divided into four groups and were assigned four different roles: a water company, a low income family, the government and a local game reserve.
The students answered questions about the water crisis and water conservation based on their assumed roles and presented their answers to the other groups. They shared how the water crisis has impacted their entity, where they intend to get water when the water is gone and what ways their entity can conserve water. After listening to each group, the students came to the realization that all sectors of society have been severely impacted by the water crisis and that united action needs to be taken to combat the issue in a sustainable way. Continue reading →