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#UN4U Concludes at Suiderhof Primary

The final  instalment of the UN4U educational outreach programme for the 2018 concluded at Suiderhof Primary School, 600 learners were  in attendance  from grades 4 to 7.

On the 27th of June 2018, UNIC Windhoek team presented “how the United Nations works for you.”  The presentation highlighted the history of the United Nations, the different organs of the United Nations and how the specialized agencies, work in order to advance the goals and mandate of the UN. This was followed by a screening of a short video that summarized the entire presentation. The learners were introduced to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and lay the foundation on how they can contribute to the achievement of the global goals in Namibia.

The success of this programme, extends and strengthens the existing partnership that already exists between the UNIC Windhoek team and Suiderhof Primary School. The team received a warm welcome from the school’s social science teacher Mrs Rene Linno and the principal of the school Mr Myburgh. During the question and answer session. Learners were rewarded with SDG branded bags, lanyards and pens.

At the end of the session, the school principal expressed his gratitude and appreciation on the presentation that was conducted by the UNIC team. The UNIC Windhoek team reached a total of over 1300 learners for the 2018 programme.

#UN4U Continues at Gammams Primary School

One of the primary  roles of the United Nations information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek is to go into the field and educate young people about the work of the United Nations and ensure the understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Contributing to the development of the second instalment of the UN4U programme the UNIC team visited Gammams Primary School on 22 June 2018 to deliver another insightful  presentation to over 400 learners, detailing how the “UN works for you”. The programme is presented annually as a precursor to the UN Day celebrations that are set to take place on 24 October 2018. The programme includes an overview of the United Nations, its history, UN peacekeeping, UN organs, UN agencies present in Namibia and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A warm welcome was extended to the team by the learners  and teachers. The presentation included a brief overview of how the UN came about, the role of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and UN peacekeeping missions and how it responds to security threats. Furthermore, programmes and specialised agencies of the UN were also highlighted to showcase the UNs response in different situations e.g. emergencies, disease outbreak, disasters, etc. This was followed by a short video screening segment in order to summarise the history of the United Nations. Continue reading

Model UN delegates learn how to walk in the shoes of a diplomat

In preparation for upcoming  Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference 2018 set to take place in September, UNIC Windhoek held a two-day training sessions, 30-31 May to familiarize selected delegates on the the UN General Assembly procedures.

The mock sessions gave delegates an opportunity to interact with the facilitators for guidance on how to write position papers and write resolutions during the actual conference. Delegates from schools outside Windhoek such as Coastal High, Reverend Juuso Shikongo Secondary, Etosha Secondary, Rehoboth High School as well as Oshikoto Secondary have been selected to participate in this year’s conference.  Schools from the Khomas region include: DHPS,  Windhoek High, Windhoek Gymnasium, Academia High, David Bezuidenhoud, Immanuel Shifidi, Delta Secondary, Hochland High and St. Paul’s College.

This being the 7th simulation for Model UN, the National Information Officer, Ms Anthea Basson said in her welcome remarks at the training, “the conference it is a great opportunity to learn new things and meet new people.” She further encouraged the delegates to use their time well and apply themselves to report on the 2018 topics.

The September Conference will focus on the  Sustainable development Goals (SDGs).. Thus the training sessions ensure delegates are prepare appropriately to step into their respective  leadership roles.

The training sessions ended with trivial “bragging rights” to anticipate which school would scoop the award for  “best school”, it also allowed the delegates to mingle and find their co- partner as per the assigned member states.

Partnership framework between GRN and UN for 2019-2023 launched

The Director General of the National Planning Commission and Minister of Economic Planning, Hon. Obeth Kandjoze and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, Kiki Gbeho jointly launched the UN Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023 on Friday, 27 April at the UN House in Windhoek.

Under the theme, “A Partnership for Eradication of Poverty and Increased Equality”, the framework provides an overview of the UN System’s engagement and functions in Namibia for the period 2019-2023. Through this framework, the UN system will support the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) to achieve national and international development agendas.

Highlighting the linkage between the new framework and Namibia’s development agenda, Hon. Kandjoze said, “Our new partnership is fully aligned to Namibia’s needs and aspirations as expressed in our national development plans and policies such as Vision 2030, the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), the Blue Print for Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication and also to the Global Agenda 2030 and the continents’ Agenda 2063, which, as a country we have fully taken-up as our very own.”

Aligned with NDP 5, the UNPAF 2019-2023 contributes to four main results areas: economic progression, social transformation, environmental sustainability and good governance.

The UNPAF 2019-2023 was developed through an intricate and long process to ensure that it is aligned to the shifting development dynamics in Namibia. This included a Mid-Term Review of the previous UNPAF 2014-2018, in 2016, a Common Country Assessment in 2017, and a Joint Partnership and Resource Mobilization Strategy in 2017. The framework’s outcomes and the UN’s interventions towards achieving Namibia’s long-term vision, Vision 2030, were determined through a strategic prioritization process. The GRN and the UN consulted with the private sector, academia, civil society, young people as well as bilateral and multilateral partners throughout the process. Continue reading

#WCW WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Meet Lucinda Ockhuizen

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honours women through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign. Throughout the campaign we will meet some of the inspiring women who are making an impact in their communities and find out how they bring about change.To kick start our campaign for 2018, we meet Lucinda Ockhuizen, co-founder, Gadget Boy 3D Solution.

  1. Who is Lucinda Ockhuizen?

I am an educator and a fortuitous social entrepreneur. I am also a daughter, sister, devoted wife and a mother to a 6 year-old boy. I grew up in a small town, in an entrepreneurial household. My mother was a seamstress, and a baker, and my father owned an auto-repair shop. The knowledge and experience I gained growing up in this environment would eventually be invaluable in starting my own business.

I completed a BSc degree in Human Life Sciences, a postgraduate Honours degree in Psychology, and a postgraduate certificate in Education at Stellenbosch University. Following my studies, I first worked as a high school teacher, teaching Sciences, Mathematics, Computer studies, and Life Orientation. I am currently self-employed as an Educational Consultant/Educator, with specific interest and expertise in STEM project-based learning, as well as providing learning support for learners with learning difficulties. In 2015, I became a Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and the Director of Education, Research and Development at GadgetBoy 3D Solutions.

My ambition is to educate more women and children on emerging technological developments, to develop and implement solutions related to socio-cultural and environmental issues.

 Read more next week about being a Namibian woman in 3D technology…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

   

Read Namibia and UN Namibia encourage children to read

The United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) handed over books to children and reiterated the importance of literacy at Read Namibia’s UN Plaza Readathon on 16 September 2017.

Read Namibia, which aims to educate young learners and give them the skills and knowledge needed to become global citizens, is made up of a diverse group of partners including the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS), the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (UNAM).

Speaking at the Readathon, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho highlighted the importance of reading and attributed her success to literacy. “I am where I am today because of reading,” she stated.

The UNRC further explained what the UN is and its work in Namibia. Literacy and quality education has been on the forefront of the UN’s development agenda globally and in Namibia. Specifically, Goal 4 ‘Quality Education’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to increase literacy around the globe by 2030 and through the Education and Skills Pillar of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014-2018, the UN works with Government to address education challenges.

To get the crowd excited about reading, the UNRC read How the Giraffe Got So Tall by Abby Long to the children.

Maria Hiwilepo, a pilot for Air Namibia, also spoke at the event, encouraging the children to follow their dreams, work hard, stay in school and have the foresight to think ahead towards their future.

Following the speeches, the children read books in groups, wrote their own stories and played word games. The children received donated books as prizes and gifts to take home from UN Namibia, which were the result of a UN Staff book drive held the week before.

Read Namibia collaborates with volunteers from Embassies and High Commissions in Namibia, local libraries, schools and private sector partners to host reading events and donate reading materials to young learners. While inspiring a love of reading in the younger generation, Read Namibia hopes that it can help combat illiteracy and promote quality education in an effort to transform Namibia into a knowledge-based society.

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.

Financial Literacy Decoded: Students at National Health Training Centre “Learn-the-Lingo”

An air of academic prestige was palpable on campus at the National Health Training Centre—revealing an institutional history devout to an increasingly growing field: medical sciences. On the morning of 28 August 2017, UNIC team members walked up to the Training Centre’s administrative building excited about what was about to take place in the company of approximately 80 learners.  The team first met with Ms. Kalimba; she wore a kind smile and created the steadfast impression that she harbored utmost regard for her student’s well-being.

Ms. Kalimba corralled the UNIC team into a traditional-style classroom where the latest UNIC outreach presentation would be unveiled. This week’s presentation was centred on Financial Literacy for youth in Windhoek. The Programme, titled with the auspicious name “Learning-the-Lingo” (LTL) delves into terms and concepts commonly used by financial and banking institutions. These are financial terms and concepts that often erect a terminology barrier and can serve to discourage students from taking advantage of financial services and resources. By decoding common financial lingo [or jargon] the presentation aimed to instil a confidence among youth that will help motivate them to take advantage of financial services such as banking, mobile banking, credit, and loans. The Programme also assists in providing students with a basic understanding of money management strategies and tools to prepare them for the transition into professional lives where they will be confronted with money management opportunities.

At first, students looked puzzled; as to why the United Nations was in their studious habitat revelling in the importance of money management and financial resources. However, the presentation made a fixed effort to round any corners of confusion by elaborating on financial literacy’s unique place within the UN, particularly its relevance to the UN Charter and most importantly, to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The presentation’s overarching themes included reasons to save earnings, brief summaries of banking products and services traditionally offered by the big banks in Namibia, the common terms attached to those services, while also endorsing effective financial resources that can kindle the entrepreneurial spirit—a spirit that often lines the ambitions of the industrious youth of today. The Programme also incorporated a highly relatable segment that addressed the “paycheque-to-paycheque lifestyle”—something many youth struggle with as popular culture commonly encourages a lifestyle of hyper materialism and living beyond one’s means. These superficial lifestyles were debunked using the rationale that money spent in excess to convey one’s personal success carries the potential to dissolve that same success.

The presentation corresponded with five of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Goal 1—No Poverty, Goal 4—Quality Education, Goal 5—Gender Equality, Goal 8—Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9—Industry Innovation and Infrastructure. Learning-the-Lingo effectively permeated these five (SDG’s) by procuring youth attention towards financial autonomy; motivating young people to take control of their monetary resources. Presenters encouraged young people to make responsible decisions with their savings by using the money management acronym “BISP” which stands for: Budget, Invest, Save, Protect—an acronym which was soon heard being rehearsed by 80 learners in the corridors outside of the classroom. Presentation material also touted the importance of always keeping the enduring sentiment of a “future self” in mind before spending earnings. LTL persuaded young people to devise well-informed plans that will allow them to accumulate, maintain, and grow earnings. Learners were informed of financial resources such as credit services and appropriately structured loans that can relieve daily economic pressures and constraints which so often hamper the potentials and social capital of individuals and stymie entrepreneurial pursuits. Continue reading