On 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
In 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.
This 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
UNIC Windhoek is proud to conclude the UN4U programme for 2015. With an initial target set at reaching 3000 learners for 2015, the team is proud to announce that UNIC Windhoek has surpassed this target! This year, UNIC managed to reach a total of 3633 learners in Windhoek! Continue reading
On 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.
The 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.
The 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
On 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
On August 4th, 2015, the United Nations Information Centre’s team brought the message of the United Nations to learners at the Havana Primary School in Windhoek. Under the banner of its outreach program – UN4U – Windhoek’s United Nations Information Centre visits local primary schools in order to provide learners with a basic understanding of the United Nations’ organizational structure, various agencies, and the role that the organization plays in Namibia. Importantly, the program seeks to convey the message that the United Nations is an organization that not only works for the people but also helps developing countries such as Namibia help themselves. Continue reading
On Wednesday the 29th of July 2015, the United Nations Information Centre, Windhoek visited Windhoek Central primary School where 200 students we present for the UN4U presentation. It began with a brief background and history on the formation of the United Nations in 1945. The pupils surprisingly seemed to have sufficient background knowledge of whom the previous and current Secretary Generals are, their names and their countries of origin. Continue reading
On Thursday, the 16th of July 2015 UNIC Windhoek visited Constantia Private School in Pioneers Park a suburb in the South of Windhoek. Our team was welcomed by the staff members of Constantia Private School as well as 54 grade 5 and 6 learners who were very eager to learn more about the UN. Three separate presentations were held to accommodate the learners in the classroom.
Commencing with the presentation, UNIC team started by explaining to the learners the main aims and roles as well as the importance of the United Nations in Namibia and the World at large. Followed by a briefing on the various UN and the work of each respective agency. The learners were curious and wanted to know how they too can work for the United Nations one day! Continue reading
On the 22nd July 2015, UNIC Windhoek hosted the UN4U Outreach at Mandume Primary School in Katutura. With an audience of 350 pupils from grades 5 to 7, the headmaster and teachers present, the UNIC team was ready to teach the fundamentals about of one the most important international organization in the world, the United Nations. Continue reading