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#WCW:WednesdayCelebrateWomen celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.

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UNIC Windhoek and UNAM sign Internship Letter of Agreement

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia (UNAM) signed a joint internship letter of agreement to continue making work integrated learning a reality for tertiary students.

Professor Lazarus Hangula, the Vice Chancellor of UNAM and Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, came together on 26 June 2017 at UNAM’s Department of International Relations to sign the letter. Continue reading

#ProudToServe UNIC celebrates Loini Shinyama on UN Public Service Day

Today, 23 June 2017, is the official commemoration of the United Nations Public Service Day, a day to highlight the contribution of public servants to their fellow citizens and the Sustainable Development Goals.Over the past week, UNIC Windhoek has featured the stories of dedicated Namibian public servants in an endeavour to  highlight the dedication and commitment of public servants in facilitating sustainable development and recognize their efforts towards social progress.

UNIC Windhoek interviewed social worker Ms. Loini Shinyama, a Windhoek based lady educated in her home-city, but raised in Omungwelume village in the northern part of Namibia. Ms. Shinyama works for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Rehoboth, focusing on social welfare.

Having graduated from the University of Namibia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Social Work in 2015, Ms. Shinyama has been serving the Rehoboth community since April 2016. In outlining her duties as a social worker, Ms. Shinyama says, “The purpose of the social work profession is to promote and sustain social welfare, which enhances an individual’s well-being, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and practical aspects of their lives. Social work is extensive, involving case work, one-on-one consultation with clients, group work, home visits and community projects.” Continue reading

#Proud to Serve, UNIC highlights Public Servants ahead of UN Public Service Day

The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the Namibian community .In promoting the upcoming United Nations Public Service Day on 23 June, UNIC Windhoek will share stories of public servants over the course of the week.

The purpose of the UNIC Windhoek digital communication outreach initiative is to recognize public servants’ contribution to sustainable development. It also aims at providing a platform to share ideas, knowledge and innovative practices from around the world on how public institutions can best support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During an interview with Mr. Reinhardt Tsamaseb, a teacher at Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School in Rehoboth, he reins in on his passion as an educator for more than 13 years.

Mr. Tsamaseb is a native of Otjimbingwe which is situated south of Karibib, began his teaching career in the village of Gochas in 2004, but moved to Gibeon a year later, where he stayed until 2007. He has been teaching at Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School in Rehoboth since 2008. Mr. Tsamaseb recalls working as a sales manager in Windhoek when he discovered this noble calling to be a pedagogue.

“I am passionate about teaching. I was working in the retail industry, selling clothes, but I felt this itch to teach and I have the power to harness of learners along with my own power. You also become good at maximizing the best in children to bring out their greatest assets. And you’re teaching them to deal with chaos in unknown situations themselves by supporting them in exercises that allow them to explore the unknown. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela Day: launch of canned food drive

On 20 June 2017, UNIC Windhoek in partnership with Windhoek International School (WIS) launched the Nelson Mandela Day: canned food drive for 2017.  Windhoek International School collected over 500 cans of tinned food which was handed over to the Kids’ Soup Kitchen (a soup kitchen in Katutura) at a launch ceremony held at WIS.

The launch formed part of the first of four collaborative drives with schools in Windhoek.  The campaign is in celebration of Nelson Mandela international day, a day that calls for individuals and organisations to dedicate their time in service of others. UNIC Windhoek partnered with Windhoek International School to serve others by championing  a canned food drive to support a soup kitchen in Katutura and moreover contribute toward Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, “Zero Hunger.” Soup kitchens serve underprivileged children of the community by providing them with meals and educational assistance.

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July around the world. Established by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in November 2009, the day commemorates the achievements of Nelson Mandela, who tirelessly worked towards conflict resolution, peace, human rights, democracy and reconciliation. Individuals around the world are encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes – each minute representing a year of Nelson Mandela’s public service – to an activity that aims to help others.

The handover ceremony took place at Windhoek International School. Mr. Samuel Kapepo, the founder of the Kids’ Soup Kitchen, graciously accepted the generous donation from Mr. Peter MacKenzie, the director of Windhoek International School in the presence of the staff and students of the school as well as the the UNIC Windhoek team.

Speaking at the event, Mr. MacKenzie said, “Windhoek International School is one of the more privileged and fortunate schools, therefore we are happy to give back to the community. We are hopeful to start a partnership with the community and partake in more of these activities.” Continue reading

Hardap commemorates the day of the African Child

The Day of the African Child (DAC) is commemorated in memory of the student uprising in Soweto, South Africa,16 June 1976. Students marched in protest of the poor quality of education but were violently attacked by the police force of the then South African apartheid regime.

For this reason, every year the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) celebrate the bravery and rights of African children while paying homage to those killed in the 1976 massacre. The theme for the 2017 DAC was “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity”. The child-friendly version is “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030. ″

In order to commemorate the day, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Windhoek visited Ruimte Primary School on 16 June in Rehoboth, and delivered a presentation introducing both learners and teachers to the fundamental concepts related to the DAC and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The interactive presentation was focused on the following themes: the Soweto uprising, an overview on the AU, key elements of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the 2017 theme for the DAC, the UN Structure and the link between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Rights of African children.

An emphasis was placed on the core principles of the 2017 DAC theme, specifically accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity. Furthermore, particular attention was given to the eight crucial SDGs with clear linkages to the Charter. Namely, SDGs 1 (end poverty), 2 (eradicate hunger), 3 (promote health), 4 (secure education), 5 (effect gender equality), 6 (access to water and sanitation), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) & 17 (partnerships for the goals).

The event was made special by the incredible participation of the learners, who were never shy to speak into the microphone, provided constant energy, as well as thought-provoking responses to questions posed by the UNIC team. The school provided a rich cultural atmosphere with student poetry focused on the spirit of being a proud African child and a play emphasizing the need for humility and generosity amongst Africans. A celebration of this nature, however, would not have been complete without proud Africans taking to the stage and dancing to the beat. A combination of young learners performing the “langarm,” a cultural dance in Rehoboth, and an open floor with teachers and learners showing off their moves, really epitomized the joyous spirit of the celebration.

 

 

Tertiary students learn about the SDGs

As part of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Windhoek’s mission to disseminate information concerning the United Nations (UN) mandate and current UN campaigns and activities, UNIC hosted an SDG workshop for the University of Namibia (UNAM) Model United Nations Society at the UN library on 14 June 2017.

The Sustainable Development Goals will form an important basis for the society’s simulations of UN bodies, it is therefore imperative that the members understand what the SDGs are and why they are key to the world’s development agenda.

The Model UN programme strives to create a transformative and dynamic experience aimed at enhancing participants understanding on current global issues. The program is designed to promote critical thinking, public speaking, writing capabilities, as well enhancing diplomacy and negotiation skills.

13 participants from different faculties including Law, Psychology and Economics to name a few, attended the presentation in order to familiarize themselves with the principles, goals and challenges of the SDGs.

Participants were particularly curious about the global statistical data put forward in order to better comprehend the magnitude of certain issues, especially related to climate change, and the role that Governments of member states can play in order to respond to such crisis without compromising the needs of their nation.

Overall, the discussions were lively and filled with debates revolving around the interrelatedness, impact and possible solutions regarding the of the 17 SDGs. The informative discussion definitely generated healthy momentum towards what is sure to be an inspiring and competitive 2017 Model UN chapter.

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.

In July 2007, I met my future husband, Harold Mouton, at a typical South African braai. In August 2009 I immigrated to Windhoek, Namibia, and started working in private practice. Harold and I were later married on the 18th December 2009.

My passion in health care in private practice here in Namibia has always been women and child health. Being a woman and general practitioner with interest in obstetrics, I’ve had the privilege to share in the joyous occasions of child bearing with many patients. To date I have delivered in excess of 500 babies. These moments are the career achievements I am most proud of. Every life that I’ve helped bring into this world is an amazing blessing from God. I am forever humbled by the majesty and power of God and His creation with every baby delivered! Continue reading

Practicum students learn that small steps can lead to big achievements

*An article authored by the student participants of the High School Practicum programme

To end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, a new sustainable development agenda was released on the 25th of September 2015. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can only be reached through the cooperation of governments, the private sector and civil society. The aim to develop the present and future is crucial for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

The second day of the high school practicum programme started with a presentation on the SDG’s. The first mentioned and elaborated goal was: “No poverty”. Noting that poverty is more than the lack of income and resources, but that limited access to education must also be taken in consideration. The elderly and youth are most vulnerable to poverty and are mostly affected during an economic crisis.

The goal of “Zero hunger” goes hand in hand with the above mentioned goal as well as the aspect of “Good health and well-being”, which promote healthy lives and well-being for all ages. Furthermore “Quality education” and “Gender equality” are crucial goals for sustainable development. Due to bad economics and infrastructure, water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation the goal of “clean water and sanitation” formation.

Goal 7 represents “affordable and clean energy” because quality jobs reflect in economic growth, goal eight “decent work and economic growth” was initiated. In relevance to the previously mentioned goal, “industry, innovation and infrastructure” was created. Investments in transport irrigation and information and communication technology rapid and sustained increases in living standards are safeguarded, because least developed countries are most vulnerable to inequalities in culture, religion, race and gender, the United Nations manifested the goal “reduced inequalities”. Other goals include “sustainable cities and communities”, “responsible consumption and production”, “climate action” as well as “life below water”, “life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. For all of the above mentioned goals, one goal was established to guarantee the successful, sustainable development. Required “Partnerships for the goals” are built upon values, principals and the shared vision of placing the world and its people at centre.

After being given a great deal of information, the students were divided into various groups and given the task on how to implement the SDG’s on a national and international platform. For children to be educated one must make quality education affordable and accessible. This was mentioned and further detailed on by the first group as well as the goal of a shielding cities and communities as hubs for ideas, culture, science, etc. When the 2nd group took the floor to reveal their actions on “Life below water” and exertions on “reduced inequalities”, the 3rd team could not hide their excitement on sharing their resolutions in reference to “gender equality” and “climate action”. We must remember that we all leave a green footprint on our ecosystem therefore we must respect and bear it. Concluding the presentations, the 4th group provided the team with a lecture on “Life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. Each team received feedback concerning the correct use of terminology and good posture during a presentation.

Lastly a video of how to properly write an article was shared with the team. Afterwards each scholar was assigned to write an article regarding any SDG of their choice. Inspiration was drawn when listening to their resolutions and opinions on social and economic issues and their vision to a safe and stable future.

Conclusively one can state that there is still much room for improvement on a basis on communicative and social skills. Every day remains a challenge, the team is motivated to give their ultimate best when solving various assigned tasks or challenges.

 

NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy through UNCG training

Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017.

The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas.

NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training. Continue reading