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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

Tobias Hainyeko Primary School receives a visit from UNIC

tobias 1On Thursday, the 10th of September 2015 UNIC Windhoek visited Tobias Hainyeko Primary School situated in Katutura. The team was welcomed by the school staff members as well as 350 grade 5, 6 and 7 learners who were assembled and ready to learn more about the UN.

After introducing the team members, the UNIC team got the learners onto their feet and moving to the smooth sounds played by one of the talented UNIC interns playing the trumpet. There was excitement in the atmosphere as the learners clapped and sang along to the tunes.

tobias 2The trumpet performance set the tone, as the learners were very eager to find out what was next… What followed was the presentation detailing in great depth the history, structure and function of the UN and various bodies.

The UNIC Windhoek team noticed that the learners were curious and asked a lot of questions, as the subject matter was completely new to them. The team was therefore happy to answer questions and elaborate on some of the functions and programmes that intrigued the group.

To conclude the presentation, a short video clip summarizing all the facts and information that was shared. Each learner received a UNIC Windhoek branded pen, thanking them for their participation in the outreach.

UN4U programme reaches 560 Elim Primary Learners

elim 5The UN4U programme provides an invaluable opportunity for young children to learn more about the work of the UN, its history and vision for the future. UNIC Windhoek visited Elim Primary School located in Khomasdal, on Wednesday, the 09th of September 2015.

The team received a very warm welcome reception at the school, welcomed in song and had the pleasure of spending the morning with five hundred and sixty grade 5, 6 and 7 learners during their morning assembly session. Continue reading

UN4U outreach at People’s Primary School

pps2On Monday, the 10th of August 2015 UNIC Windhoek visited Peoples Primary School located in Katutura.  We were welcomed by 300 grade 5 and 6 learners whom were seated in the school hall.

Our presentation commenced with the main aims and roles of the United Nations in Namibia and the world at large as well as the different agencies within the UN. It was quite humbling seeing some of the learners scribble down notes as they paid attention attentively. The learners were interactive and participated throughout the presentation. They were inquisitive and asked a lot of questions. One of the learners asked how she too can end up working for the United Nations one day. The learners all received UNIC Windhoek pens at the end of the day for their immense participation. Upon completion of our presentations we played a video carrying out the message of the UN to the learners. Continue reading