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Coaching the Model UN Namibia team of Windhoek Gymnasium Secondary School

IMG_1265UNIC Windhoek is always seeking ways to make preparing for Model UN Namibia (MUNNAM) Conferences easier and help MUN delegates to be more efficient, thus providing students with a number of resources to lead others, club leaders and individuals in their preparation for upcoming MUNNAM conference.

On Wednesday, 2 March, the Centre added yet another active group of students from Windhoek Gymnasium Secondary School to our pool of MUN clubs.

Our detailed lesson plan involved meeting new students, introducing them to the curricula on MUN teaching and engaging in role playing of the substantive procedural issues of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Continue reading

WebEx session with journalists on Climate Change

Wev ex 1Climate change is widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe. 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will be gathering in Paris from 30 November to 11 December to reach a meaningful and universal agreement on climate that would put the world on a path to limit global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Addressing and raising awareness, climate change is central to the work of the United Nations Information Centre in Windhoek. In light hereof UNIC Windhoek invited four media outlets to attend a WebEx session for journalists in Africa, hosted by Mr. Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. The session was held at UNIC offices in Windhoek. Continue reading

UNIC expands MUNNAM programme to coastal towns

UNIC Windhoek – From the 22nd-25th August, the centre visited 6 high schools within the Erongo Region, in the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. This educational outreach initiative allowed colleagues to present the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) Programme to the learners to ensure their participation in the 2014 conference and more importantly to become part of the MUNNAM family.

The introductory programme started on 22ndJuly, visiting De Duine Secondary School, Kuisebmund Secondary School and Walvis Bay Private High School in Walvis Bay.  The afternoon training sessions brought together 45 learners from the aforementioned schools, which allowed the UNIC Windhoek team to embark on an intensive Model United Nations training session at the De Duine Secondary School Hall.The interactive teaching engagement was done through role play, video clips and quizzes about the United Nations.

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Walvis Bay delegates proudly pictured with their country placards.

The Model United Nations vocabulary and rules of procedure, sounded odd at first but the learners were eager to learn and surprisingly adopted it very quickly. This was quite evident during their first hands-on training “mock” session on the topic “whether education should be free”. The two day training session also made provision for more practical group work on the essentials of MUN documents which included the purpose of a Position Paper and Resolution writing. The training session in Walvis Bay come to an end with the passing of two resolutions.

The bright and eager Walvis Bay learners had the following to say about the Model UN programme:  “I’ve learned so much during these two days and I made many new friends.” Continue reading