The High School practicum programme for 2017 is well underway at the United Nations Information Centre Windhoek, and on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, the group were taken on an interesting journey to learn more about technology and education.
The third day of the programme started off with a ‘do you know your partner’ warm up session, the idea behind the game was for the students to get to know each other better. This really created excitement and prepared the group for the guest speaker of the day.
The participants were addressed by a guest speaker, Mr. Schalk Eramus, the Chief Operating Officer of Paratus Telecom and his colleague Ms. Sunette Burben. Paratus Telecom is a 100% wholly owned Namibian telecommunications operator with a prolific network extending the entire Namibia with additional international points of presence located in Johannesburg, Lisbon and London. It provides telecommunications services to the Namibian public as well as the private and corporate sector.
Mr. Schalk Erasmus’s presentation was titled ‘Education and Technology’. The main aim of the presentation was to enlighten the youth on the revolution of technology on our society and future generations. He outlined the history of technology and the internet in Namibia and globally. Addressing this issue highly depends on the better judgement of humans. The learners were particularly interested when the guest speaker outlined the advantages and disadvantages of technologies in education which include the following.
On the 10 May 2016, the high school practicum program participants covered two topics, communication skills (as part of the skills training in the programme) and the Rwanda Genocide as part of their human rights studies (UN work). The students kick started their morning with an exciting communication skills exercise.
They were tasked to research and present different communication skills and later demonstrate how to professionally and persuasively spread a message. The teams delivered presentations touching on negative and positive body language, the tone to use when giving a presentation and tips for a well-designed and interesting layout. The exercise refreshed the students’ memory on how to properly deliver a presentation. Ms. Anthea Basson from UNIC Windhoek congratulated the presenters for improving their presentation skills compared to the days before leaving the students peppy and excited for new topics to come.
The communications component was followed by the UNIC team presenting on the Rwanda Genocide that took place in Rwanda during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994. The team led the students through the chronological history of the genocide.
Based on this historical learning session, the students were divided into three groups and had to answer the following questions to gain a better understanding of the work of the UN at that time and the occurrences typically preceding and following a genocide. The questions read as follows: How could the outcome of the Rwandan Genocide have been different if the UN intervened quicker and more efficiently? What could the UN member states have done to prevent the Genocide from happening in the first place? What recommendations do you make that genocide does not appear in the future? Continue reading