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Striving Towards a Better Future: UNIC Team Empowers Youth at Windhoek Central

180 enthusiastic students from Windhoek Central Primary School received a visit from United Nations Information Centre Windhoek on 9 August  to learn more about its educational outreach programme entitled UN4U. The programme teaches about the goals and vision of the United Nations and specifically focuses how the UN works for each of us.

The presentation showcased the work of UN agencies, programmes and funds in the country guided by the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF)  and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The primary school learners were intrigued by the various acronyms that were thrown at them and were seemingly curious with topical details on the partnerships the UN creates with the national government  in Namibia. The essential aspect of  this years UN4U outreach challenged the UNIC presenters to break down the core of the presentation into layman’s terms to ensure that the Primary School assemblies comprehend the message conveyed to them.

The UNIC team encouraged a participatory audience and learners were eager to answer questions and share their knowledge about the UN and the 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs). The learners passed around the microphone to add their voices on the subject matter presented.Recognizing the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, learners felt empowered, learning about their inalienable rights to education, freedom of religion, expression of thoughts and ideas, to feel safe and protected by their caretakers, government and institutions in their community – just to name a few. The youth benefiting more knowledge in learning about the UN itself and the different UN organizations based in Namibia. Continue reading

Sunshine Private School learns how the UN works #UN4U

The third outreach for the UN4U programme took place on 3 August 2017 at the Sunshine Private School in Windhoek.  One hundred of the   senior students at the primary school participated in UNIC Windhoek’s UN4U programme, a programme which teaches how the United Nations works for you!

The presentation included information about the history of the United Nations, the UN Charter and its significance,   UN membership, the different organs of the UN as well as the various agencies, funds and programmes which make up this international organisation. It highlighted children’s rights and the work of UNICEF in particular.It also included a section on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are so crucial to the UN’s global mission.  The team also relayed information about the UN System in Namibia and its partnership with government structured in the United Nations Partnership Framework ( UNPAF) which highlights key pillars as the blueprint that drives the UN System in Namibia’s work towards the development agenda in Namibia.

The UN4U outreach created an opportunity for the youngsters to ask questions and engage with the team with the goal of learning more about the United Nations globally and in Namibia. The presentation is delivered in an interactive format that is relatable to students and encourages engagement through question and answer sessions. Through the use of photos, gifs, videos and statistics – the team presented the students with a holistic view of the UN System and its mandate.

The UN4U programme  complemented the school’s curriculum well and nuanced their understanding of the subject matter. UNIC provided UN Charter’s to the school which were placed in the library. In addition, a poster of the Sustainable Development Goals with a catch phrase “Shaping a world that empowers our Youth through the Sustainable Development Goals.”

 

 

#UN4U makes waves at People’s Primary School

On 2 August 2017, the UNIC team reached out to People’s Primary School in Katutura, and delivered the second installment of the #UN4U presentations to over 700 learners. When the UNIC team arrived, they were greeted by the students who were beaming with excitement in anticipation of learning more about the United Nations.

#UN4U is a program that educates learners about the fundamentals at the United Nations and the positive impact it creates on improving human rights in the world. The program has been tailored to appeal to students who are curious about United Nations activities and responsibilities. The principal Patrick Xoagub of People’s Primary imparted that his students were very excited to hear what the United Nations has to say and acquire more knowledge about the work of the UN in Namibia.

The presentation began with a re-telling of the United Nations history—a compelling and insightful narrative that included references to World War history and the League of Nations. This was followed by a indepthexplanation of the United Nations bodies and branches, the UN General Assemblies and Security Council meetings work and how its specialized agencies service the communities in Namibia. After a well- ordered delivery of the UN’s history and its mechanisms, strong emphasis was placed on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Learners active participation was encouraged by reciting the   17 Sustainable Development Goals out loud and to emphasize  the significance of each goal and how they could help in achieving the SDGs.  The UNIC team also relayed the importance of making these goals part of students’ everyday lives and reinforced the four priorities enforced by UNPAF—a strategic partnership the UN shares with Namibia that give emphasis to education and skills, poverty reduction, health, and institutions and environment.

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UNIC Windhoek rolls out UN4U Programme for 2017

Since the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek embarked on a mission to ensure that the Namibian youth understand what the SDGs is all about and how they can be achieved over a 15-year target.

Contributing to the 2017 UN4U programme, the UNIC team visited the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 to educate grade 7 learners about the UN’s work and also to learn from the them and their teachers. This marks a series of three educational outreach initiatives in the run up to UN Day, which is celebrated annually on 24 October. The programme includes an overview of the United Nations, its history, UN peacekeeping, UN agencies present in Namibia, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). An additional segment of this year’s UN4U programme placed great emphasizes on the rights of the child and their needs.

A warm welcome by the the DHPS, ethics teacher, Ms. Tahnee Horenburg and learners to the introductory lesson on the fundamentals of the United Nations.In layman terms the team explained the roles of the UN organs, such as the General Assembly’s role in deliberating current problems and policymaking, as well as the Security Council, which recognizes and responds to world threats. Furthermore, the programs, funds and specialized agencies of the UN were highlighted to show the UN’s response to different problems. The video screening segment demonstrated the UN’s peacekeeping mission in conflict resolution and peace negotiations.

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#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- Havana Primary School learners passionate about ending poverty

DSC_0142On 12 August, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) team visited Havana Primary School, its fifth primary school, in three weeks. The students were excited to learn about the work of the United Nations (UN) in Namibia and find out more about UN Day through the #UN4U programme.

UN Day, commemorated each year on 24 October, marks the anniversary of when the UN Charter was entered into force. With the ratification of this founding document in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being.

In order to educate the public about the United Nations and its work in preparation of this eventful day, UN representatives across the globe bring the #UN4U programme to schools. The programme also aims at raising awareness of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answering any questions learners might have regarding the work of the UN and the realization of the SDGs. 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

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