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Secretary-General’s Message for 2016

Attacks on journalists violate the human rights of individuals and undermine freedom of information and expression across societies. Impunity, which makes this terrible situation worse, is rampant. Of the 827 documented killings of journalists over the past decade, the information at hand shows that only 8 percent of perpetrators were held to account.

I pay tribute to the courage of all media personnel who put their lives on the line for the sake of truth. And I call for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists were attacked, harassed or killed.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is mobilizing all partners to implement the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. Success hinges on cooperation to create a culture of freedom of expression, where those who restrict the work of journalists are sanctioned and all who attack them are punished.

Toward this end, I call on all countries to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists with concrete actions to ensure that all media personnel are guaranteed the space they need to operate free from any form of harassment or intimidation. In this way, we will strengthen public access to information, which is key to Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.

Commemorative activities will be held in a variety of places around the world, including Myanmar, which will officially mark the Day for the first time as part of its transition toward democracy with discussions at the Annual Media Development Conference. In the Russian Federation, UNESCO is teaming up with the Russian Union of Journalists to examine prevailing conditions, honour those who have lost their lives and raise awareness about ending impunity. In Pakistan, UNESCO is joining with officials in a discussion focused on strengthening the safety of journalists. In Tanzania, UNESCO is working with officials to hold a workshop commemorating the Day.

I urge all countries to observe this Day, especially where journalists are under threat. Let us resolve to do all we can to contribute to a safer environment for journalists and a freer society for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Day of Slave Trade and Its Abolition – what is about and what is modern slavery?

UNESCO GraphicEach year, the global community joins the United Nations on 23 August to commemorate the International Day of Slave Trade and Its Abolition. The day aims to pay tribute to all those who fought for freedom from slavery and to continue teaching about their story.

Brave men and women, who had been enslaved, rebelled and on this day in 1804, a free and independent Haiti was formed. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “The uprising was a turning point in human history, greatly impacting the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted.” Continue reading

Gobabis host 2016 World Radio Day celebrations

Dignities of WRD 2016

World Radio Day Dignitaries

 Namibia joined the rest of the world on 13th February 2016 to commemorate World Radio. The national celebrations took place in Gobabis at the Epako Community Hall, Omaheke Region under the global theme “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Honourable Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah officiate the ceremony which also allowed her to interact with the community of Gobabis. She said that “Responding to emergencies is easier and more transparent when there is a platform to disseminate information”. Radio is an inexpensive medium that requires relatively simple technology and its reach extends from policy makers to remote communities and marginalized groups in the quickest possible time. It offers a platform to different groups to intervene in public debates, irrespective of people’s educational level. She added that World Radio Day 2016 will draw people’s attention on the unique role radio plays in times of emergency and disaster. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. Therefore Radio should be part of the entire process before, during and after a disaster making sure that information is disseminated to reach said Hon Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah. Continue reading

Launch of Education for All Global Monitoring Report and the “Quality Teachers for EFA” project in Namibia

From left to right:  Dr Charmaine B. Villet, Dean, Faculty of Education, UNAM, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education ( Member of CFIT team), Dr Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Hon. Dr David Namwandi, Minister of Education, Mr Li Yigang, Deputy Chief of Mission, People's Republic of China  , Dr Matengu ( UNAM)

From left to right: Dr Charmaine B. Villet, Dean, Faculty of Education, UNAM, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education ( Member of CFIT team), Dr Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Hon. Dr David Namwandi, Minister of Education, Mr Li Yigang, Deputy Chief of Mission, People’s Republic of China , Dr Matengu ( UNAM)

On Monday the 24th of February 2014, the official launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 took place. Dr. Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education provided a comprehensive overview of the report. “This year’s Report, under the title Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, warns that without attracting and adequately training enough teachers the learning crisis will last for several generations and hit the disadvantaged the hardest,” Dr Qian TANG highlighted.  In addition, the “Enhancing Teacher Education for Bridging the Education Quality gap in Sub Saharan Africa” was also launched under the Funds in Trust agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Hon. Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi

Hon. Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi & Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek Ms Emma Theophilus

The Report launch was honoured with the presence of the Honourable Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi, who invited one of the speakers the Junior Mayor of Windhoek, Ms Emma Theophilus to the stage following her insight on the report.  He noted that the education system in Namibia must be doing something right as it has produced an excellent learner such as Ms Theophilus.  He noted that the Namibian Government is the only Government in the World that spends close to twenty five percent of its national budget on education, emphasising the commitment of the government to Education.

A panel discussion was held whereby panellists responded to the motion of the global learning crisis and the role of policy in this crisis. The panel consisted of the Secretary General’s of the teachers union in Namibia, namely NANTU, the President of TUN, the Director of NIED as well as the Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek, a learner from Khomas High School in Windhoek.

Other speakers who spoke during the official programme  included the  Dean of Faculty of Education from the University of Namibia, Dr Charmaine Villet, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education as well as the Deputy Chief of Mission, People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Yigang.

UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education,  Dr Qian Tang.

UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Dr Qian Tang.