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Tourists pine for authentic flare of Namibia

World Tourism Day (WTD) 2017, commemorated annually on 27 September, and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development are two observances that raise awareness of how sustainable tourism can contribute to development. These observances are especially relevant in Namibia where tourism is one of the largest contributors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Sustainable tourism is defined as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.

Due to its warmer climate, rich cultural history, abundant biodiversity and impressive landscapes, the tourism industry in Namibia has a comparative advantage to other industries. This has allowed for steady growth in the sector, resulting in increased revenue and job creation and subsequently impacting the livelihoods of many Namibians.

Namibia’s cultural tourism is a fairly fresh concept for visitors that have traditionally flocked to the country hoping to embark on an eco-lodge holiday or a coastal expedition to see the endless dunes. Tour companies offer home stays, camping accommodations and the chance to experience traditional craft-making, story-telling, activities and cuisine of local tribes. The overall experience offers a glimpse into the vibrant and ancient traditions of tribal groups in Namibia.

Cultural tourism provides an excellent opportunity to expand Namibia’s tourism sector in a new and distinctive way; however, this form of tourism is not without its drawbacks. Cultural tourism carries a very hefty responsibility—as it does in any country rich in history and diversity. It requires that governments constantly take stock of the advancements happening in its most well-preserved cultural communities and exercise a reflexive self-awareness as these sensitive communities develop and are subsumed into the hustle and bustle of the tourism sector. Continue reading

Windhoek International School Children learn about their rights

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with UNICEF Namibia, held a presentation at the UN house on 13 September 2017 about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.   Approximately 40 learners aged between eight and ten from Windhoek International school attended the presentation.

The presentation covered the importance of children’s rights which includes empowering children to enjoy and exercise their rights and to respect and uphold the rights of others as they act to promote justice for peace.

Children were briefed on their responsibilities to know their rights. They have the right to quality education, health care, to a name and nationality as well as the right to freedom of expression. The Children displayed extraordinary engagement and interest in learning about the presentation and the rights they are entitled to.

One child stood up and told the audience that she has the right to equality. “To be treated fairly and with respect and also treat others equally and with dignity”. A child has the right to grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. They have the right to food, shelter, clean water and to be able to participate in the society as individuals.

The presentation was based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child which was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession recession by General Assembly and is also known as Resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989. The Government of Namibia adopted it on the 28 September 1990.

The presenters created an atmosphere for the children to engage and participate and ensured that the Children’s Rights are deeply rooted in their minds. Children learned that they have the right to a meaningful life with proper guardians and people who care for them. They learned about how they have the right to, an identity, an official record of who they are, to play, to rest and to have privacy.

The presentation covered the important ways children are protected from abuse and extortion. Emphasis was also placed on children to speak their minds and share their opinions in ways that do not offend or harm others.

At the conclusion of the presentation, learners were presented with scenarios that provided an overview of violations of their rights. They were encouraged to review their rights and discuss ways in which the scenarios violated the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In its totality, the presentation taught the children about their rights, to speak up for themselves and to seek help from their guardians when they think their rights are being violated. The young learner’s engagement showed that they were already very familiar with their rights and well prepared to take on the responsibility of protecting and harboring their rights and those of their peers.

#MondayMenu: 11 – 17 September 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 11 – 17 September 2017.

UNESCO Windhoek Office in collaboration with UNAM will be hosting a Training of Educators on the Supervision of Research Proposals from 11 to 12 September. The training is mainly to capacitate educators to effectively supervise under-graduate educational research projects and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in research.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facilitating a Training of Trainers for Conducting a Food and Nutrition Security Assessment. The training is taking place in Otjiwarongo from 11 to 15 September 2017.

UNESCO Windhoek Office will also be holding a Training Workshop for Life Skills Teachers from 12 to 14 September in Zambezi Region.

UNIC Windhoek in partnership with UNICEF Namibia will raise awareness on children’s rights and responsibilities with learners ages 9 and 10 from Windhoek International School (WIS) on 13 September 2017. Through a presentation, the students will also learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UN Namibia is running a book drive this week. Collections will be donated at the Read Namibia UN Plaza Public Event on 16 September. In line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 ‘Quality Education’, the public event aims at raising awareness of the importance of literacy and reading for Namibia’s youth.

Read Namibia launches Readathon activities for 2017

The official launch of Read Namibia’s Readathon activities took place on 6 September where all partners gathered at the National Library of Namibia to kick start this year’s reading campaign. Speakers discussed the importance of reading and nostalgic ties that reading has with childhood. Reflective questions such as do you remember being read to as a child, allowed attendees to relate back to memories of sitting on their parents’ laps with a book, being read to at a local library as well as  the first book they ever read. Memories such as these are often deeply ingrained in our childhoods and, in many ways, shape who we are.

The Readathon campaign is spearheaded by Read Namibia, a broad coalition of businesses, teachers, librarians, booksellers, cultural organizations, and diplomats. Together the coalition are working with the Ministry of Education to promote a culture of reading in Namibia.

At the launch, Mrs. Melinda Burrell from the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) introduced September’s Read Namibia activities including events being hosted at the UN Plaza where the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Ghebo, will speak and read to children at the event. Representing the UN System in Namibia at the launch, Ms. Anthea Basson from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek added that the UNRC will hand over books on 16 September at the UN Plaza collected during an internal book drive by the UN in Namibia staff. The United Nation’s participation in this year’s readathon events demonstrates the UN’s commitment to the SDGs and highlights the importance of  quality education in Namibia.

Mr. Eli Manga, Acting Director of Namibia’s National Library and Archive Services stated, “Reading is the window to the world for children and as adults we must open that window.” Mr. Manga highlighted the adult responsibility to share reading with everyone. Mr. Steve Kaangundue, Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning and Community Development echoed this sentiment in his statement, “Reading is the foundation of all forms of learning. Books are the doors to knowledge and we all bare the responsibility of sharing reading to all, especially in line with the SDGs and SDG #4, Quality Education for all.” Mr. Kaangundue’s mention of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals especially draws attention to the continued UN efforts to ensure everyone has access to the quality education that they deserve.

Read Namibia aims to ensure that all citizens are well poised to take up the challenges of operating within a knowledge economy and are able to compete multi-nationally as Namibia continues to develop and prosper (Read Namibia 2017). “Reading with all its benefits to learners should be encouraged at all levels. As parents, educators and librarians, we all have a crucial role to play to establish a love of reading in our younger generations.” [1]This project aims to create a brighter future for young Namibians through the encouragement of reading and the spread of knowledge.

 

[1] Read Namibia website: https://readnamibia.wordpress.com/

#PeacePals project concluded at Windhoek International

The fifth instalment of the #PeacePals project concluded for the year at the Windhoek International School with 110 learners in attendance ranging from grades 9-12.

On the 1st of September 2017 the auditorium set a relaxing atmosphere for our audience, an open-minded and eager group of learners and educators keen to engage in the topic of International Peace. The presentation was conducted by the UNIC team and was fostered by questions and answers during the presentation.

The audience was informed of the role the United Nations plays in the world and how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were designed to aid in achieving Vision 2030, not just in Namibia, but in the world. The learners were reminded how they contribute to enhancing the Sustainable Development Goals and how people from around the world play their part to ensure that these set goals are obtainable within the 13 years ahead.

In anticipation of the International Day of Peace taking place on the 21st of September; the audience was focused on the refugee crises that has affected the world in the last 4 years. The audience was intrigued to know how they could contribute to the overall objective of SDG 16 known as ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’. The Peace Pals project which was created to enable learners to have a cross border international communication channel with other learners from Jakarta allowed them to share their views around the topic. The Peace Pals expressed themselves on postcards giving insight on what peace meant to them and how they can try to promote peace in their daily lives and in the lives of those around them.

The 1000 postcards received from the five various schools were sent to the various partner schools in Indonesia. On the 21st of September 2017 the learners of the five participating schools in Windhoek will receive postcards from their fellow peers. Herewith they will have an insight of their counterparts’ views, concerns and solutions on global peace. Continue reading

UNIC Team participates in blood donation public lecture

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team participated in a public lecture aimed at raising awareness of the importance of blood donation on the Wednesday, 16 August.

The public lecture, the third of its kind, was held at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) under the theme “Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often”. It was hosted by the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Namibia.

The blood donation public lectures are aimed towards educating the public on the different facets of the blood transfusion services in Namibia, with particular emphasis on the shortage of consistent blood donors in the country, as this leads to a shortage in supply. Continue reading

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

Striving Towards a Better Future: UNIC Team Empowers Youth at Windhoek Central

180 enthusiastic students from Windhoek Central Primary School received a visit from United Nations Information Centre Windhoek on 9 August  to learn more about its educational outreach programme entitled UN4U. The programme teaches about the goals and vision of the United Nations and specifically focuses how the UN works for each of us.

The presentation showcased the work of UN agencies, programmes and funds in the country guided by the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF)  and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The primary school learners were intrigued by the various acronyms that were thrown at them and were seemingly curious with topical details on the partnerships the UN creates with the national government  in Namibia. The essential aspect of  this years UN4U outreach challenged the UNIC presenters to break down the core of the presentation into layman’s terms to ensure that the Primary School assemblies comprehend the message conveyed to them.

The UNIC team encouraged a participatory audience and learners were eager to answer questions and share their knowledge about the UN and the 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs). The learners passed around the microphone to add their voices on the subject matter presented.Recognizing the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, learners felt empowered, learning about their inalienable rights to education, freedom of religion, expression of thoughts and ideas, to feel safe and protected by their caretakers, government and institutions in their community – just to name a few. The youth benefiting more knowledge in learning about the UN itself and the different UN organizations based in Namibia. Continue reading

Sunshine Private School learns how the UN works #UN4U

The third outreach for the UN4U programme took place on 3 August 2017 at the Sunshine Private School in Windhoek.  One hundred of the   senior students at the primary school participated in UNIC Windhoek’s UN4U programme, a programme which teaches how the United Nations works for you!

The presentation included information about the history of the United Nations, the UN Charter and its significance,   UN membership, the different organs of the UN as well as the various agencies, funds and programmes which make up this international organisation. It highlighted children’s rights and the work of UNICEF in particular.It also included a section on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are so crucial to the UN’s global mission.  The team also relayed information about the UN System in Namibia and its partnership with government structured in the United Nations Partnership Framework ( UNPAF) which highlights key pillars as the blueprint that drives the UN System in Namibia’s work towards the development agenda in Namibia.

The UN4U outreach created an opportunity for the youngsters to ask questions and engage with the team with the goal of learning more about the United Nations globally and in Namibia. The presentation is delivered in an interactive format that is relatable to students and encourages engagement through question and answer sessions. Through the use of photos, gifs, videos and statistics – the team presented the students with a holistic view of the UN System and its mandate.

The UN4U programme  complemented the school’s curriculum well and nuanced their understanding of the subject matter. UNIC provided UN Charter’s to the school which were placed in the library. In addition, a poster of the Sustainable Development Goals with a catch phrase “Shaping a world that empowers our Youth through the Sustainable Development Goals.”

 

 

UNIC Windhoek rolls out UN4U Programme for 2017

Since the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek embarked on a mission to ensure that the Namibian youth understand what the SDGs is all about and how they can be achieved over a 15-year target.

Contributing to the 2017 UN4U programme, the UNIC team visited the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 to educate grade 7 learners about the UN’s work and also to learn from the them and their teachers. This marks a series of three educational outreach initiatives in the run up to UN Day, which is celebrated annually on 24 October. The programme includes an overview of the United Nations, its history, UN peacekeeping, UN agencies present in Namibia, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). An additional segment of this year’s UN4U programme placed great emphasizes on the rights of the child and their needs.

A warm welcome by the the DHPS, ethics teacher, Ms. Tahnee Horenburg and learners to the introductory lesson on the fundamentals of the United Nations.In layman terms the team explained the roles of the UN organs, such as the General Assembly’s role in deliberating current problems and policymaking, as well as the Security Council, which recognizes and responds to world threats. Furthermore, the programs, funds and specialized agencies of the UN were highlighted to show the UN’s response to different problems. The video screening segment demonstrated the UN’s peacekeeping mission in conflict resolution and peace negotiations.

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