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UN Namibia stresses the importance of education for sustainable development at NUST Dialogue

NUST 5On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the UN System in Namibia visited the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) for the Public Dialogue: 2016 International Education Day regarding the theme of ‘ensuring international cooperation  to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

Before the dialogue started, students and lecturers read through United Nations publications at an exhibit run by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. The UNIC Windhoek Team displayed publications from various UN Agencies that work in Namibia in an effort to enlighten the public about the United Nations, its work specifically in Namibia and its efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through diverse projects.

NUST 10Scores of curious students and lecturers visited the exhibition, and many students picked up publications that related to their fields of study in order to assist in achieving their individual education goals and to increase their knowledge. Other students inquired about the requirements necessary to intern at the various UN agencies located in Namibia, sharing their goals of working for the United Nations. Continue reading

UN System promotes culture of reading at Readathon kickoff

Readathon 1Each year, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses and other stakeholders run the September Readathon in order to promote a culture of reading throughout the country.

Yesterday, the Readathon’s kickoff was held at the Katutura Public Library where learners of a variety of ages took part in various educational activities. Students read books together, took part in a fun spelling bee and completed educational quizzes, to name a few of the activities. The learners were smiling as they gained new knowledge through reading. Continue reading

UN Namibia launches #MondayMenu

Monday Menu- August 15 - 21, smaller versionLast week, the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) launched the #MondayMenu, a weekly calendar that lists the events and projects UN Namibia will be involved in as well as sheds light on International Observances.

The intriguing #MondayMenu graphics showcase what is happening at UN Namibia with the intention of raising awareness of the work of the United Nations. It also aims to inform the public, stakeholders and the media about events in order to promote increased attendance and participation. Continue reading

Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought

Drought ImageWindhoek, 19 August 2016 – World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Due to the drought’s far-reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian public to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.

Humanitarian and development partners estimate that over 52 million people will be food insecure in East and Southern African countries, and that this number could rise. Drought poses a growing threat to Sub-Saharan African populations due to a combination of factors, including population growth, higher exposure to hazards, increased socio-economic and environmental vulnerability in poorest countries, as well as increased frequency, intensity and duration of droughts, also exacerbated by climate change. Continue reading

#UN4U: Gammas Primary School pupils want to spark change in Namibia

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On Tuesday, 16 August 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team set out for Gammas Primary School in Khomasdal, Windhoek, excited to bring the #UN4U to another school in the capital city.

The UNIC Windhoek team was welcomed by the principal and was escorted to the hall, where the students were already assembled waiting with excitement for the UNIC Windhoek team to arrive and for the presentation to commence.

EDSC_0349The presentation started with a brief introduction of the United Nations, with a special look at its establishment and the work it does. Because the information in this part of the presentation is mostly fact-based, there has not been a lot of participation at the previous 6 schools that took part in the #UN4U program. However, this was not the case with the learners at Gammas Primary School.

The students confidently answered questions concerning the establishment of the UN as well as who the Secretary-General is, and some of them even shared with the team that they wanted to grow up to be the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

EDSC_0301This immense engagement with the students was only a sign of bigger things to come, as the learners were so excited that their hands were up in the air the entire time throughout the second half of the presentation.

The students not only answered questions the UNIC Windhoek team posed to them, but also asked the team very interesting questions such as; ‘If the rich were to give to the poor would this lessen the gap between the rich and the poor?’ and, ‘Is education the way to go?’ One of the learners, who had an immense understanding of history, spoke about colonialism and how this contributed to poverty.

EDSC_0313When asked how they will help achieve the SDGs, the learners shared their plans of choosing a career through which they can make a difference in the lives of those around them. One learner confidently stood up and said, “I would like to study medicine and become a good doctor so that I can open my own hospital and help people.”

The social studies teachers came up to the presenters afterwards and complimented them on a job well done. The UNIC Windhoek team, impressed by the learners’ level of discipline and knowledge, praised the pupils.

Up-to-date, the #UN4U program has reached primary level students at seven different schools across Windhoek. Not only did students increase their knowledge of the United Nations, but these students have been inspired to bring about change and to achieve the SDGs. Encouraged by the positive reception of the #UN4U program, UNIC Windhoek plans to bring similar initiatives to schools in the future.EDSC_0387

#UN4U: Suiderhof Primary School pupils learn about the United Nations

EDSC_0211On Monday, 15 August 2016, the United Nations Information Team (UNIC) Windhoek team visited Suiderhof Primary School, marking the sixth outreach of the #UN4U outreach program. The program aims at enlightening primary school learners about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The UNIC Windhoek team was warmly welcomed by the school’s principal and escorted to the school’s main assembly hall where the grade 6 and 7 learners assembled for the presentation. Continue reading

#UN4U: Michelle Mclean Primary School pupils learn about the United Nations

EDSC_0161Wednesday morning, 10 August 2016, marked yet another advancement of the UN4U campaign which, for the past week, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team has facilitated at different primary schools across the capital city of Namibia.

The team set out to educate the learners of Michelle McLean Primary School, a school founded by actress, writer, model and 1992 Miss Universe, Michelle McLean. Through similar projects and training programmes run by the Michelle McLean Children Trust, children are inspired by McLean’s motto, “If you can imagine it, you can do it.”

Mummers could be heard from the crowd of 320 pupils, who sat eagerly waiting for the presentation to begin. The UNIC Windhoek team then began to inform the students about the UN General Assembly, the various UN Agencies and the specific work of these Agencies in Namibia. The Team explained that UN Agencies work closely with the Namibian Government in four main areas, namely poverty eradication, improving health, ensuring quality education, and protecting the environment. Continue reading

#UN4U- Herman Gmeiner Primary School learners are excited about the SDGs

EDSC_0069On 9 August 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team had the pleasure of bringing the #UN4U presentation to Herman Gmeiner Primary School located in Khomasdal, Windhoek. The school is one of the many primary schools founded by the SOS Village community throughout 132 different countries.

The aim of the #UN4U programme is to not only educate primary level learners about the United Nations, but to also encourage the younger generation to use their individual voices to bring about change in the world.

Three hundred cheerful Grade 4 and 5 learners attended the presentation, and they were the most vibrant and engaging crowd the team has seen throughout the #UN4U campaign thus far. Eager to learn from the UNIC Windhoek team, the pupils listened attentively as the work of the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were explained. Continue reading

DHPS learns about quality education and gender equality through “Prosperous Paths”

DHPS- Prosperous PathsLast week, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia’s female empowerment programme ‘Prosperous Paths’ surpassed its target of educating 5,000 girls about Goal 5 of the SDGs, namely gender equality. Yesterday, another 150 learners at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) Windhoek took part in the campaign, increasing the total amount of girls now traveling along prosperous paths and actively combating gender inequality to 5,560 pupils.

The students warmly welcomed Dr. Jean Pierre Ilboudo, the Representative to Namibia of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Windhoek along with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team for the ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek’s #UN4U programme kicks off at Mandume / People’s Primary Schools

EDSC_0149In September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations with the aim of ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ The Goals cover a broad range of sustainable development issues including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. Although the SDGs were drafted and adopted by world leaders, individual action by people across the globe is needed in order for these goals to be achieved.

EDSC_0122This week, the UNIC Windhoek launched an educational outreach programme, #UN4U, through which it aims to educate primary level learners about the United Nations and the SDGs while motivating the younger generation to play a role in sustainable development.

UNIC Windhoek kicked off the programme on 3 August 2016 at Mandume Primary School in Katutura, Windhoek. 265 eager learners attended the #UN4U outreach and were very inquisitive about the United Nations, asking in-depth questions and even sharing their knowledge of the work of UN Agencies specifically in Namibia. Continue reading