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#LetsRead campaign in support of #ReadNamibia

UNIC Windhoek in support of the ReadNamibia coalition, will post a weekly feature on social media platforms in support of the #LetsRead campaign. The campaign highlights what Namibians  are currently reading, in an effort to heighten awareness around the importance of reading and literacy in Namibia. Creating a reading culture has numerous benefits and can vastly improve learning and quality education. The campaign is aligned to SDG Goal 4, quality education.

Our #LetsRead feature this week is Nolizel Franks…

Nolizel Franks is an intern at the United Nations Information Centre #UNIC in Windhoek and spends her weekends volunteering with #ReadNamibia.As the founder of Leap Learning Centre, Nolizel provides special education to young learners grades 1 through 7. As a graduate of the University of Cape Town, she places a high emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4: Quality Education and strives to make Namibia a better place through educational initiatives.

What is she reading?Nolizel is reading The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016.She is also reading Mama Namibia by Mari Serebrov, a story based on the true events of the Herero Genocide of 1904.

What have you been reading lately? You can help us support #literacy in #Namibia by donating used books to your local library, reading to children in your community or volunteering with the Read Namibia Coalition! For more information please visit http://bit.ly/2jdkMPS #Letsread #education #SDGs

Namibian youth marimba band mesmerize audience with SDG performance

UN Day is one of the most important observances on the UN calendar, providing the UN System in Namibia with some time to take stock of its key achievements, reflect on successful partnerships and push forward to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the theme of UN Day aptly built around the achievement of the SDGs, it came as no surprise that the special entertainment, provided by the Sunshine Private School marimba band, was about the SDGs. The school marimba band prepared a 10min repertoire which had the audience moving to their unique sounds. It was followed by a spoken word performance on the 17 SDGs by a grade six learner, Tafadzwa Bopoto. He led the dignitaries and invited guests through each of the 17 goals, explaining what each goal meant.

Tafadzwa described the goals in simple terms which resonated well with the audience of learners from different schools. “Everybody deserves a meal,” he noted when referencing Goal 2, Zero Hunger, “as a student, education is very important, once we get an education, we can achieve whatever goals we want,” he noted when he reflected on Goal 4, Quality Education.

The audience members were all ears, as they nodded their heads and applauded in agreement, the entire marimba band echoed Tafadwa’s sentiments by playing a tune and calling out the Goals. When Tafadzwa concluded explaining the 17 Goals, he asked the audience questions, testing them on what he had just presented through his carefully crafted explanation of the 17 SDGs.

The Sunshine Private School marimba band’s spoken word showcased the talent of Namibian youth and added a wonderful ambience to the official proceedings. It was a highlight of their performance, and a testimony to the UNIC Windhoek team in the foundation the Centre is laying when embarking on educational outreaches to schools in Windhoek through programmes such as UN4U with a strong focus on the SDGs.

For the audience members and learners who participated in the UN Day 2017 observation, the 17 SDGs will never be the same again. Tafadzwa’s rendition broke down the goals in layman’s terms making them easy to understand. The Sunshine Private School was applauded for their preparation and entire performance. Their composed songs and spoken word was geared around the global goals and extremely memorable.

 

UNIC Windhoek highlights the SDGs

At the UN Day exhibition, the United Nations Information Centre showcased its work to guests and young people in attendance. The UNIC exhibit showcased some programmes such as the Model United Nations programme as well as educational outreach programmes such as UN4U, Holocaust, PeacePals and more.

Most prominently the UNIC exhibition handed out information about the Sustainable Development Goals along with SDG branded bags and UNIC branded pens. The young people received SDG word puzzles and games, and were keen to learn more about the Global Goals. As the hub for information about the UN, UN charters, information about human rights etc. were available to the public to take along.

UNIC staff interacted with Government, diplomats, civil society and young people who were keen to learn more and understand the UN in Namibia better. As people departed from the UN house, it was wonderful to see them leave with UNIC bags, branded with the the Sustainable Development Goals which they now had a better understanding of.

UN Day 2017: Youth encouraged to champion sustainable development

Windhoek, 24 October 2017 – In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place on 24 October 2017 at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

Kicking off the exhibition, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho said that partnerships, not only with development partners, stakeholders and academia, but also with the youth, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

“We challenge [the youth] to be the generation that creates a fairer world; a world with a health and educated population and where poverty is a thing of the past. We challenge you to unite for development,” the UNRC said.

Youth make up a large percentage of Namibia’s population, and according to UNESA, Africa’s youth population is expected to more than double by 2055. Demonstrating the innovation and drive of the younger generation, learners from the Sunshine Private School marimba band performed an original piece about the SDGs as part of the proceedings, encouraging the audience to use their voices to be the change they want to see and to achieve the 17 global goals.

The Deputy Minister of Economic Planning Hon. Lucia Iipumbu echoed the integral role of partnership in the achieving development agendas, specifically the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5).

“Together we have put in place some solid foundations for shared progress, which I am convinced we will continue to build on. We will continue to empower women, engage the youth, uphold human rights for all, eradicate poverty and provide technical support and expertise to push the development agenda forward in Namibia,” Hon. Iipumbu said.

Following the event, learners and invited guests, including Deputy Ministers from Land, Fisheries and the Office of the Prime Minister, representatives from Namibia’s line ministries, representatives of the diplomatic corps and development partners, had the opportunity to learn more about the UN’s work in Namibia and interact with various programme staff members. The dynamic exhibition also raised awareness of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF), the partnership framework between the UN Namibia and the Namibian government.

UN Day, an observance celebrated globally, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the UN officially came into being. In Namibia, over 170 staff members make up the UN System in Namibia.

Sustainable Development Goals welcome visitors to UN Namibia house

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are central to the work of the United Nations (UN). In Namibia, the SDGs are weaved into the country’s current national development plan, NDP5, demonstrating the national government’s unwavering commitment to work towards the greatest development agenda of our time.

At a historic UN summit on 25 September 25 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of a set of goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. These goals are a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity while also protecting the planet and resources.

 The UN House in Namibia houses agencies, programmes and funds which work in support of the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) in the areas of education, health, the environment, food security, gender equality and poverty.

 To promote public understanding and awareness of the 17 Goals, UN Namibia branded the different segments of the UN House boundary wall with one of the SDGs. The branded mural creates a striking, colourful display and heightens visibility for the landmark Global Goals – something that all citizens can embrace and inevitably help work towards.

 For these goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part, including you. Click here to learn more about the United Nations and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

 

 

 

   

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