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DHPS Upholds 67 minutes of Public Service #MandelaDay2017

67 minutes for Mandela is a global UN observance that aims to encourage everyone to dedicate their time to helping others as well as contributing to the unity and progression of humanity. Every year, on the 18 th of July, the world embarks on several charity projects in honour of Nelson Mandela and his great philosophies.

In celebration of this notion, UNIC Windhoek, in co-operation with Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS), held the official hand over of canned food to Havana Soup Kitchen at the DHPS Windhoek  on Monday 17 July 2017. The partnership between DHPS and the UNIC Windhoek is the third of four canned food drives of the Nelson Mandela International Day tribute whereby all individuals and organisations dedicate 67 minutes of their time to an activity helping those in need.

DHPS Windhoek collected approximately 600 canned food items and generously donated to the Havana Soup Kitchen. The hard work constituted DHPS’s collective effort to uphold their 67 minutes of public service while the event paid homage to Mandela’s tireless pursuit to end hunger and empower the world’s most vulnerable and poor by way of collaboration.

Speaking at the event, Ms. Kristin Eicholz, principal of DHPS, paid homage to Nelson Mandela by reflecting on his influential and inspiring activism. Her endnote prompted emotional charge as she iterated, “It is only when poverty no longer holds people back that society as a whole will achieve social justice for all”. Continue reading

Windhoek High School Organize Canned Food Drive ahead of Nelson Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of uplifting others, addressing critical social issues and most importantly sharing a memory in the promotion of justice and social cohesion.

On 13 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with Windhoek High School (WHS) to host the second Nelson Mandela Day Canned Food Drive. The project is part of a greater effort to assist local soup kitchens with food supplies in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. Over 650 canned food items were collected from the event and donated to the Okuryangava Feeding Centre, a local soup kitchen in Katutura.

Four high schools in Windhoek pledged their commitment to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities—a core tenet of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative has seen tremendous success in solidifying partnerships and assisting soup kitchens, thus easing the burden of soup kitchens and aiding them to focus on servicing members of their respective communities.

At the handover ceremony Windhoek High School students, and the UNIC team highlighted the meaning behind the upcoming day that commemorates Nelson Mandela’s exceptional dedication to community service. The Day was established on 18 July 2009 through a United Nations resolution to commemorate the tireless activism of Nelson Mandela. Its foremost principle is to dedicate 67 minutes to community involvement, assisting those in need of support. The UNIC team has made it a priority to see his legacy continued and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) has consistently implemented in the design process of community outreach initiatives. While the canned food drive project strikes at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it particularly emphasizes the second goal, “Zero Hunger”, which is geared towards the elimination of world hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting sustainable food systems. Part of Mandela’s legacy was advocating for the eradication of global hunger and with the SDG’s now permeating UN initiatives  at international and local levels, canned food drives are very much a part of his legacy and the modern strides toward development that the SDG’s aim to achieve.  Continue reading

#PeacePals: Spreading Peace, from Windhoek to Jakarta

On Monday 3 July, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) began the second instalment of the #PeacePals project. The presentation was carried out by representatives of the UNIC Windhoek team at both Academia Secondary School and Windhoek Technical High School.

The programme recognizes the importance of an informed  understanding of peace by providing an introduction to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), with a particular emphasis on SDG 16 which focuses on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. PeacePals is based on engaging with school students on the different facets of peace, and sharing the understanding gained with schools across the world.

The content of the presentation covered a range of topics including the importance of peace by elaborating on the negative consequences of conflict on individuals, communities and countries and the different UN bodies focused on conflict resolution. Particular emphasis was placed on refugees and the refugee crisis in Europe, concrete examples of how violence directly disrupts social life and opportunities for human prosperity.

After an informative presentation, the students were given postcards on which they wrote letters to students in Jakarta, motivating collaborative efforts towards achieving peace. These postcards provided an informative, as well as relatable student-to-student platform for communicating concerns and innovative ideas. Continue reading

#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.