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Waldorf School learners become #PeacePals

After learning about the importance of international peace, students at Waldorf School, situated on the eastern edge of Windhoek, became #PeacePals and wrote postcards of peace to learners in Indonesia on 15 August 2017.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team is aiming to reach 1,000 learners through its #PeacePals programme, and Waldorf School was the fourth of five schools that the Centre will be visiting this year.

Starting off with the presentation, approximately 70 students learned about the negative consequences of conflict on individuals, communities and countries and the different UN bodies focused on conflict resolution and the promotion of peace. The students became aware of how violence directly disrupts social life and opportunities for human prosperity after learning about the refugee crisis in Europe. Passionate about the topic, students frequently chimed in during the presentation to share their concerns with global peace. Continue reading

#PeacePals: Spreading Peace, from Windhoek to Jakarta

On Monday 3 July, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) began the second instalment of the #PeacePals project. The presentation was carried out by representatives of the UNIC Windhoek team at both Academia Secondary School and Windhoek Technical High School.

The programme recognizes the importance of an informed  understanding of peace by providing an introduction to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), with a particular emphasis on SDG 16 which focuses on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. PeacePals is based on engaging with school students on the different facets of peace, and sharing the understanding gained with schools across the world.

The content of the presentation covered a range of topics including the importance of peace by elaborating on the negative consequences of conflict on individuals, communities and countries and the different UN bodies focused on conflict resolution. Particular emphasis was placed on refugees and the refugee crisis in Europe, concrete examples of how violence directly disrupts social life and opportunities for human prosperity.

After an informative presentation, the students were given postcards on which they wrote letters to students in Jakarta, motivating collaborative efforts towards achieving peace. These postcards provided an informative, as well as relatable student-to-student platform for communicating concerns and innovative ideas. Continue reading

#WCW:WednesdayCelebrateWomen celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.

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3rd annual International Day of Yoga commemorated in WDK

Participants doing Yoga

Posted by India in Namibia (Embassy of India, Windhoek) on Sunday, June 25, 2017

The International Day of Yoga, commemorated annually on 21 June, celebrates yoga as a holistic approach towards both mental and physical well-being. This year, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek joined over 400 people in celebrating the day by learning about yoga and performing various poses.

Both H.E. Mr. Kumar Tuhin, the High Commissioner of India and Hon. Bernadette Jagger, a Parliamentarian, emphasized the importance of yoga and the need to expose more Namibians to its extraordinary benefits at the event, which took place in Windhoek on 25 June at the Eros Primary School’s sports field.

Yoga encompasses a diverse range of static poses as well as rhythmic movements aimed at alleviating physical tension and strengthening muscles. It also involves meditation and breathing techniques focused on achieving mental tranquility in order to cope with the everyday challenges of social life. Continue reading

Hardap commemorates the day of the African Child

The Day of the African Child (DAC) is commemorated in memory of the student uprising in Soweto, South Africa,16 June 1976. Students marched in protest of the poor quality of education but were violently attacked by the police force of the then South African apartheid regime.

For this reason, every year the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) celebrate the bravery and rights of African children while paying homage to those killed in the 1976 massacre. The theme for the 2017 DAC was “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity”. The child-friendly version is “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030. ″

In order to commemorate the day, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Windhoek visited Ruimte Primary School on 16 June in Rehoboth, and delivered a presentation introducing both learners and teachers to the fundamental concepts related to the DAC and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The interactive presentation was focused on the following themes: the Soweto uprising, an overview on the AU, key elements of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the 2017 theme for the DAC, the UN Structure and the link between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Rights of African children.

An emphasis was placed on the core principles of the 2017 DAC theme, specifically accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity. Furthermore, particular attention was given to the eight crucial SDGs with clear linkages to the Charter. Namely, SDGs 1 (end poverty), 2 (eradicate hunger), 3 (promote health), 4 (secure education), 5 (effect gender equality), 6 (access to water and sanitation), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) & 17 (partnerships for the goals).

The event was made special by the incredible participation of the learners, who were never shy to speak into the microphone, provided constant energy, as well as thought-provoking responses to questions posed by the UNIC team. The school provided a rich cultural atmosphere with student poetry focused on the spirit of being a proud African child and a play emphasizing the need for humility and generosity amongst Africans. A celebration of this nature, however, would not have been complete without proud Africans taking to the stage and dancing to the beat. A combination of young learners performing the “langarm,” a cultural dance in Rehoboth, and an open floor with teachers and learners showing off their moves, really epitomized the joyous spirit of the celebration.

 

 

#PeacePals: Jakob Marengo learners pen thoughts on peace

dsc_0194After participating in a climate change outreach in February, hosting a climate change workshop in April, taking part in the #ProsperousPaths inititative and hosting Dr. Helena Ndume in light of Nelson Mandela Day, Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Khomasdal was paid another informative visit by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team on Wednesday, 28 September. A group of twenty students participated in the #PeacePals programme and had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the outreaches the UNIC Windhoek team has brought to the school.

The Principal of Jakob Marengo Secondary School Ms. Ottilie Abrahams, who is no stranger to UNIC Windhoek’s work, welcomed the team with a smile and expressed her excitement that Jakob Marengo’s pupils would participate in commemorating the International Day of Peace through an educational, writing exercise. Continue reading

Hermann Gmeiner Primary School pupils create building blocks of Peace

dsc_0631On the International Day of Peace, commemorated each year on 21 September, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team created building blocks of peace with Hermann Gmeiner Primary School grade seven learners.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 and is devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Through an engaging presentation, fifty-three grade seven pupils learned about peace and how the Agenda 2030: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which celebrated its one year anniversary this month, plays a large role in achieving world peace. Continue reading

#PeacePals: Namibians write letters about peace to South African students

DSC_0444The International Day of Peace, or #PeaceDay, is celebrated each year on 21 September and is dedicated ‘commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples’. In order to promote a culture of peace on an international scale, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek taught grade 7 learners at Ruimte Primary School in Rehoboth, Namibia about peace, and the students wrote letters to students in South Africa, serving as #PeacePals.

Diving into the presentation, UNIC Windhoek asked what peace means, and together, the learners provided a multidimensional definition. The learners raised their hands and mentioned that it means ‘non-violence’, ‘love’ and ‘when people get along’.

PeacePals 12Then, the topic switched to why peace is important. The learners listened intently as the UNIC Windhoek team explained that peace prevents unnecessary disputes and conflicts from happening and with that, ensures that people are not put in danger. Peace also promotes development and creates long-lasting, friendly relationships.

The students then learned that there are many organisations across the globe that promote peace, including the United Nations and its various agencies. Specifically, through the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, men and women from different countries are sent to areas where there is conflict in order to help the local governments establish peace and security with the aim of creating a safer and healthier environment for all people living in that area. Continue reading

Applications for UNODA scholarships just opened

Global South ProgrammeThe Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South is an initiative coordinated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs at Vienna within the so-called Disarmament and Non-proliferation Partnership (DNP) of 27 organizations, all working in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and development.

The online and in-person courses will introduce participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of topics such as weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, disarmament and development, gender and disarmament, as well as peace and development-related technologies.

The educational modules have been developed by the DNP Education partners, and provide first-hand information about major international organizations working in disarmament, non-proliferation and development, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela International Day: UNIC Windhoek serves the Trail Blazers of our time

DSC_0294As the population of persons 65 years and older grows, society needs to be prepared to serve the elderly, the trail blazers of our time. Nowadays, many old people are neglected or forgotten by their children and support systems as society moves away from being more family centric. This means volunteers play an important role in caring for the varying needs of the elderly, including not only spiritual concerns, but health and mobility issues, emotional needs, and other practical concerns of daily life.

In celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day, which is commemorated annually across the globe on 18 July, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek used its #Time2Serve the elderly of the Katutura Old People’s Home. The team aimed to provide companionship and support to a generation which is commonly neglected and to provide space for this generation to be able to share their stories and be heard. Continue reading