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Windhoek High School Organize Canned Food Drive ahead of Nelson Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of uplifting others, addressing critical social issues and most importantly sharing a memory in the promotion of justice and social cohesion.

On 13 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with Windhoek High School (WHS) to host the second Nelson Mandela Day Canned Food Drive. The project is part of a greater effort to assist local soup kitchens with food supplies in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. Over 650 canned food items were collected from the event and donated to the Okuryangava Feeding Centre, a local soup kitchen in Katutura.

Four high schools in Windhoek pledged their commitment to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities—a core tenet of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative has seen tremendous success in solidifying partnerships and assisting soup kitchens, thus easing the burden of soup kitchens and aiding them to focus on servicing members of their respective communities.

At the handover ceremony Windhoek High School students, and the UNIC team highlighted the meaning behind the upcoming day that commemorates Nelson Mandela’s exceptional dedication to community service. The Day was established on 18 July 2009 through a United Nations resolution to commemorate the tireless activism of Nelson Mandela. Its foremost principle is to dedicate 67 minutes to community involvement, assisting those in need of support. The UNIC team has made it a priority to see his legacy continued and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) has consistently implemented in the design process of community outreach initiatives. While the canned food drive project strikes at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it particularly emphasizes the second goal, “Zero Hunger”, which is geared towards the elimination of world hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting sustainable food systems. Part of Mandela’s legacy was advocating for the eradication of global hunger and with the SDG’s now permeating UN initiatives  at international and local levels, canned food drives are very much a part of his legacy and the modern strides toward development that the SDG’s aim to achieve.  Continue reading

#WCW:WednesdayCelebrateWomen celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.

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#Proudtoserve UNIC Windhoek features Public Servants ahead of 23 June

In the run up to  the upcoming United Nations Public Service Day on 23rd June 2017, UNIC Windhoek will share the stories of Namibian public servants over the next week.

The United Nations Public Service Day celebrates public servants’ contribution to sustainable development. The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

UNIC Windhoek interviewed Ms. Julien Coetzee, a Namibian woman who has spent her life in public service.

Ms. Coetzee, a hardworking mother of two, a nurse at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital in Rehoboth. A 13-year veteran of the health care industry. Ms. Coetzee works five days a week, with her shifts varying between 12 hours and 5 hours a day. She provides assistance and treatment to patients in the general ward of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital where she enjoys the positive working environment and camaraderie shared by all the staff. This supportive atmosphere is essential to patient care, since improving a patient’s condition involves more than just medical treatment. Ms. Coetzee believe that a nurse can alleviate a patient’s suffering by “attending to them with a smile on their face.”

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UN System in Namibia launches monthly newsletter

Newsletter - June 2016 page 1The Newsletter is designed and produced by UNIC Windhoek.

Today, the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia launched a digital newsletter which aims at educating and informing the Namibian public about the work of the United Nations in Namibia.

The UN in Namibia is excited about the newsletter, as it is an opportunity to connect with the Namibian public as well as to provide up-to- date knowledge of the work of the UN and its partners.

The newsletter, which will summarize key events and outreaches, will be released digitally at the beginning of each month as well as posted on the UN Namibia website: http://www.un.org.na. It will also include educational material such as the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the Month, a dynamic ‘Did You Know?’ column and articles with information related to issues facing the country.

For more information, please feel free to contact the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek at 061-2046144 or library@unic.windhoek.org for more information or a copy of the newsletter.

Here is a link to the June 2016 Newsletter on the UN Namibia Website:
http://www.un.org.na/index_htm_files/UN%20Namibia-%20Newsletter%20June%202016.pdf

NDF student officers learn about the United Nations

NDF student officers take notes throughout the presentation.Through an outreach activity, the UN system in Namibia brings National Defense Force (NDF) student officers into the classroom and gives accessible and informative 45-minute presentations on the role and objects of the United Nations.

The annual teaching is designed to enhance the knowledge, understanding and purpose of the United Nations. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek hands over practicum students’ cards & well wishes

resized 1UNIC Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme concluded on Friday, 20 May 2016 where 17 high school students from six different high schools in Windhoek received certificates and comprehensive assessments on the three week intensive programme they participated in learning about; the UN, SDGs, Model UN, volunteerism and climate change.

The volunteerism module’s practical assignment was up to the students to make a difference and spread hope. The one component consisted of a clean- up campaign in the Klein Windhoek area, picking up rubbish and actively making a difference. The students had also learnt about climate change and this was also a way to make a difference in the local environment.

The participants then embarked on a mission to spread hope and cheer and bring smiles to other children. They designed and crafted custom banners, cards and motivational messages, designated for cancer patients, and in particular, children. The participants wanted to remind the children that someone else is thinking of them and wishing them well. It was a simple gesture from the participants and a reminder to

The UNIC team delivered the cards to the Cancer Association CEO, Mr. Rolf Hansen, and relayed the well wishes and positive messages the participants had crafted.  The Cancer Association was pleased to accept the cards and would distribute it in the hospitals to the children, they were pleased to learn of the effort and time the participants put in to create the cards for the children and congratulated UNIC on the positive programme outcome.

 

 

 

UNIC Windhoek participates in Namibian Women’s Association Climate Change workshop for the Namibian Children’s Movement

DSC_0423The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek took part in a climate change workshop run by the Namibian Women Association (NAWA) which was attended by the Namibian Children’s movement and other students.

Under the theme, ‘We Shall Change the World” the workshop aimed to teach students about climate change, the Paris Agreement, the impact climate change has had on Namibia as well as the importance of climate action with the hopes that the students would share the information with their respective institutions and communities and spark change.

DSC_0461UNIC Windhoek presented two hour-long PowerPoint presentations as part of the workshop, one about climate change and the other about the Paris Agreement. Enthralled by the topics, the students asked questions and shared their ideas throughout the presentations.

There were students from local schools in Windhoek as well as from the North and South of Namibia. Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about climate change as well as the determination to make a difference. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek launches the High School Practicum Programme

DSC_0034On 7 April 2016, UNIC Windhoek proudly launched the High School Practicum Programme, a first, for the UN in Namibia. In attendance were representatives of various high schools in Windhoek, who were designated by their school principals to attend this important launch. Namibian schools are writing exams currently, thus the UNIC team fully appreciated the attendance and support of the designated representatives.

DSC_0020Leading the presentation, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek, elaborated on how through innovative campaigns and partnerships,  this programme aims at  empowering the next generation of world  leaders to work with the United Nations and take on global challenges. Equipped with this, the students will be encouraged by the programme to develop leadership skills and civic awareness, and will stay informed on the perspectives and issues affecting nations across the world. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek celebrates intern Nicola for #WCW

nicola WCW Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments in order to inspire other women to be the best they can be and to fight against gender inequality.

This #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates one of its interns, Nicola Gallagher. Read along as this motivated young American woman reflects on her positive experience with the agency and her path towards self-discovery.

Growing, learning and serving on my path to finding my true self

As a recent graduate from Boston College, a Jesuit Catholic University in the United States of America, I was worried about entering into the ‘real world.’ I was afraid of leaving the supportive University environment as I set on the path towards finding my true self. Luckily, this path has lead me across the Atlantic Ocean to UNIC Windhoek.

‘Setting the world aflame’ by being a ‘woman for others’

At University, the Jesuit priests urged me to be a ‘woman for others’ and ‘to set the world aflame’. Specifically as a communication major, I was interested in how communication could aid me in serving my fellow human beings and bringing about change.

I knew that I wanted to be part of a company or organization that worked towards serving other people and that challenged injustices in the world. From a small age, I dreamed about working for the United Nations.

Being part of the team that works to communicate the work of the United Nations with the Namibian public has given me the opportunity to utilize my academic background to create educational and informative messages that are shared with the Namibian public.

My positive experience at this internship has reminded me how important it is to do what I am passionate about and that no matter what path a person takes in life, it is important to stay true to oneself. I am passionate about questioning the world around me and promoting peace, equality and love, and I am blessed to be able to do that with UNIC Windhoek. Continue reading

Model UN exhibition at St.Paul’s Extra Curricular Fair

prospective munersOn the 28th of January 2016 St Paul’s College in Windhoek held an Extramural Fair. The Extramural Fair is an annual initiative of the school to host information exhibitions on the available extra-curricular activities on offer at the school.

 The St. Paul’s Model UN Club in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek set up an exhibit to promote the prestigious international learning programme. UNIC Windhoek supported the MUN Club by providing banners, information materials and branded promotional items to be disseminated to potential candidates. Former delegates and an intern of the Centre remained on standby to answer questions to the soon-to-be Model UN Namibia (MUNNAM) delegates. Continue reading