On the 8th of May 2017 the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek officially set into motion the two week High School Practicum Programme where young selected students from a variety of schools can engage themselves in the world of the United Nations (UN).
The day started off with a meet-and-greet with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), Ms. Kiki Gbeho. The RC delivered an extremely motivational message inspiring the students to work hard, dare to be different, stand up for themselves and to take space, i.e. take your seat at the table, make use of opportunities. Through her motivational speech she put great emphasis on the “3 Es”, empowerment, education and employment.
After a brief tea break the participants received an insightful overview of the UN System. They learnt that the UN was started in October 1945 after the Second World War in order to promote peace and never allow such an event to occur again. Currently it has a total of 193 member states out of 196 existing countries. At first the UN did not have a large world membership but as the years passed more and more countries joined the organization, as the young people were orientated through a timeline. Namibia joined the UN in 1990 on the 23 of April. In order for a country to be a part of the UN they have to agree with “The Charter of the United Nations.” The students learnt that the current Secretary General is Antonia Guterres who replaced Ban Ki Moon at the start of the year 2017. 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 →
“What if we were to implement mother tongue language in the Namibian education system?”
As part of the ongoing Practicum Programme for High School students, participants focused on Mother Language on 11 May 2016. After learning more about the official UN observance on Mother Languages, the participants dug deeper to learn more about the topic.
Considering that Namibia is a relatively small population, it is extraordinarily diverse in language and culture. More than 11 languages are spoken in Namibia with English as the official language. Language barriers has become a major problem due to the growing number of students who struggle to speak English.
This situation left the practicum students with the important question on how to tackle the deficits in the future and strengthen understanding. On Wednesday 11 May, the practicum participants engaged in a heated debate on the topic, with the central question being: “What if we were to implement mother tongue language in the Namibian education system?” Continue reading →