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.
UN4U is an educational outreach programme which brings UN officials or representatives to speak to students in their schools. The representatives highlight the agencies within the United Nations, their functions, role and important activities that the United Nations carries out worldwide but most importantly they take a look at the work that is being done in Namibia as a whole.
The targeted number of students UNIC Windhoek wish to reach with the UN4U programme has been increased from 2000 pupils in 2014, to 3000 for 2015! The task of visiting various schools requires great coordination, but the positive results of this program has been proven year on year! Continue reading
UNIC Windhoek presents the United Nations for you (UN4U) programme annually to hundreds of youth. The programme is aimed at primary and high school youth and teaches the guiding principles of the United Nations as an organization and how the organizations’ work benefits the greater good.
The UNIC team took this exciting programme to Hope Initiatives on 1 July 2014. Hope Initiatives is a bridging school that caters for children who dropped out or never attended formal school and aims to integrate these children back into the formal education system. The school, located in the heart of the community in Kilimanjaro, Katutura, also runs a feeding scheme and is funded by the likes of the European Union and private sponsors. Hope Initiatives cater to the underprivileged youth in the community and truly give them a fighting chance for their education and livelihood
The teachers and learners from Hope Initiatives were delighted to hear that their school had been selected for the UN4U outreach programme. UNIC team presented a PowerPoint on how the United Nations system works, highlighting the various organs, agencies and their various mandates. The presentation showcased in simple terms to the young boys and girls, how the work of this major international organisation impacts them individually as well as millions of people around the globe. Continue reading