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UN Namibia dedicates 67 minutes for Mandela Day

The UN System staff members in Namibia dedicated 67 minutes of their time to the service of humanity in light of the international observance to celebrate Nelson  Mandela. The event, which is commemorated annually on 18 July, calls on the global community to make the world a better place. In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, who devoted 67 years of his life to the public service, individuals are challenged to celebrate his legacy by dedicating 67 minutes of their time to service.

On Tuesday 18 July, the UN System in Namibia came together to help members in the local community.  The UN family delivered as ‘One’  and donated food, clothes and blankets to the Family of Hope Services, a local charity organization. Furthermore, UN Agencies reached out to schools and charity organizations to read, serve lunch and play games with children.

WHO, FAO and UNESCO  staff donated canned food items, while UNIC, UNAIDS, IOM and WFP staff purchased fleece blankets and clothing. The collected items were donated to the Family of Hope Services, which provides education, food and clothing to underprivileged children.The Family of Hope Services was founded in 2003 by Abigail Bachopi and has served orphaned and vulnerable children for over 14 years. With the assistance of 30 volunteers, the organization attends to over 450 children, aiming to restore their hope, joy and dignity through empowering and capacity building programs.

Several agencies spent the day reaching out to organizations in Katutura. The staff of UNICEF visited the Jonas Haiduwa Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre where they read stories and spent time with the children. The organization serves the needs of 97 children aged 3-6. The centre is jointly run by the City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, and is responsible for educating young children.

UNIC Windhoek staff  teamed up with St. George’s Diocesan School to visit the Tilovayeni Care Foundation, a local soup kitchen and day care centre that serves over 70 children a day. The team and the students delivered a short presentation about Mandela Day, played games with the children and donated food items.

                                                                                                                                                                          UNFPA donated food items to a dedicated family who need support for their 11 children, while UNDP staff members spent the afternoon at the Hope Initiative Centre in one of Katutura’s informal settlements. The team, led by the Resident Coordinator Ms. Kiki Gbeho, relieved the staff at the centre by serving lunch to over 200 children.

By honouring Mandela’s legacy to public service, The UN Family recognizes the importance of making a considerable difference in the lives of the less privileged. The first step to achieving this goal is enabling members of the community to have access to basic needs; to brighten the lives of youth by inspiring them and by making a positive impact in the world.

The United Nations System in Namibia continually strives to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to move Namibia forward towards the 2030 Agenda. By implementing the vision of Mandela, the UN targeted goal 2, “Zero hunger”, goal 3, “Good health and well-being”, goal 4, “Quality education” and goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals”.

 

#FemaleLeadership: Learners promise to use their talents to help those around them

2-4“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.” -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

Similar to this quote, the girls learned about their individual intrinsic value through the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme session on 8 November 2016.

The programme session kicked off with the learners reintroducing themselves to each other and the new participants of the programme. However, many of the learners have already started to make new friends in the programme, and before the programme started, they were already having side conversations about women’s empowerment and the topics from the day before.

day-2-3Throughout the day, the girls were tasked to come up with different ways to uplift themselves and fellow Namibian women from poverty. After intricate discussions, the learners collectively agreed that pursuing ‘blessers’ or ‘sugar daddies’ is not a viable solution to alleviating themselves from poverty.

The learners then watched a testimonial of a young girl talking about her ‘sugar daddy’ experience. This video fuelled further floor discussion amongst the learners, which allowed the learners to look within themselves and evaluate their own teen behaviour. 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

UN collaboration with Parliament

IMG_0423Parliament is one of the key Government institutions responsible for overseeing the processes of the legislation. The UN’s main objective in working with parliament is to strengthen its capacity for improved public debate and policy dialogue and formulation. On 24 June 2015, a consultative meeting was held at the UN House in Namibia chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Musinga Bandora. The meeting was attended by the UN Country Team representatives in Namibia as well as the National Assembly representatives. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela Day 2014

What does Nelson Mandela represent?

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Nelson Mandela was a world icon and represented the end of apartheid, an era which resonated not only in South Africa, but Namibia as well. With his passing, this year was the first commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day without the physical presence of our world leader. Although his physical presence can no longer be felt, his legacy and ideals he advocated has tread deep footprints in the hearts and minds of young and old.

67-minutes-of-grace-and-greatness-580x340This year, UNIC Windhoek took over two weeks to gather footage in the capital city from young people, asking them what Nelson Mandela symbolizes. The UNIC team collected footage from the general public on how Nelson Mandela touched their lives. Even those who were camera shy were willing to share their tale of the legend. UNIC posted awareness images and messages on twitter and Facebook in the run up to the big day, asking people what the day meant and what they would do to emulate Nelson Mandela. Continue reading

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

DSC04997The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

UNIC Windhoek followed suite and hosted an event at the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary school in Katutura involving the participation of the eleventh and twelfth grade learners.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. UNODC Namibia teamed up with UNIC Windhoek and other organizations such as Blue Cross Namibia, the Namibian Police and Circle of Friends to encourage people in society to actively take part in these campaigns and to bring substance and meaning to the day.

UNIC team highlighted that 27 years ago the day was recognized as a reminder of the goals set by the UN member states, to create an international society free of drugs.

International drug day has particular significance in Namibia because it is has been recognized that alcohol and drug abuse is one of Namibia’s biggest development difficulties and has been playing a part in domestic violence, poverty and HIV/AIDS, especially among the young schooling in urban and rural. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek raises awareness on International Day of Peacekeepers

DSCN2060On Wednesday the 28th of May the United Nations Information Centre hosted an event to commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The event took place at the Multi-Purpose Youth Resource Centre in Katutura. Students from a non-governmental organization called Physically Active Youth were invited to attend a presentation on UN Peacekeeping and hear first –hand experiences from a former peacekeeper, the head of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), Mr. Johnny Katzao. Julia Hilbig and Hans Siglbauer presented an overview of the United Nations work in the field of peacekeeping, followed by an interesting discussion with the students on “what is peace.” UNIC showed a series of short documentaries to the students on the topic. The students were eager to ask questions and appreciated to get a deeper insight into United Nations Peacekeeping Operations around the world.

The teaching highlighted that UN Peacekeeping is guided by three basic principles:

  • Consent of the parties;
  • Impartiality;
  • Non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate.
Mr Johnny Katzao from UNDSS with one of the learners

Mr Johnny Katzao from UNDSS with one of the learners

Mr. Katzao also stressed that the success of peacekeeping operations is never definite, because UN Peacekeepers almost by definition goes to the most physically and politically difficult environments. However, the UN has built up a demonstrable record of success over 60 years of existence, including winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

The personal reflections by Mr. Johnny Katzao on what it feels like to be on the ground as a peacekeeper was certainly a highlight to the students. Mr. Katzao brought along some of the gear he wore during his tenure in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The students were truly inspired by the Namibian owned testimony and exuded pride for the fact that a Namibian full filled such an important role to assist another country navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.

The public awareness of Peacekeeping has unique strengths, legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy and sustain troops and police from around the globe, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to advance multidimensional mandates.

The day ended with a question and answering session of eager minds that wants to learn more.

UNIC supports School library

The United Nations Information Centre in Windhoek in collaboration with the Resident Coordinator’s Office held a ceremony on 4 October at A.I. Steenkamp Primary School in Katutura. On a previous occasion where the school was one of twenty five schools receiving soccer balls to enhance sport and fitness at various schools in Windhoek, the Resident Coordinator, Mr. Musinga Bandora was astonished by the depleted state and lack of well functioning computers within the school library. The introduction of ICT on a primary school level has become a necessity to educate the Namibian child in his/her totality and to enhance their learning scope to undertake research.

Vice Principal pictured with Mr Musinga Bandora and learners from AI Steenkamp.

Vice Principal pictured with Mr Musinga Bandora and learners from AI Steenkamp.

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UNIC expands MUNNAM programme to coastal towns

UNIC Windhoek – From the 22nd-25th August, the centre visited 6 high schools within the Erongo Region, in the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. This educational outreach initiative allowed colleagues to present the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) Programme to the learners to ensure their participation in the 2014 conference and more importantly to become part of the MUNNAM family.

The introductory programme started on 22ndJuly, visiting De Duine Secondary School, Kuisebmund Secondary School and Walvis Bay Private High School in Walvis Bay.  The afternoon training sessions brought together 45 learners from the aforementioned schools, which allowed the UNIC Windhoek team to embark on an intensive Model United Nations training session at the De Duine Secondary School Hall.The interactive teaching engagement was done through role play, video clips and quizzes about the United Nations.

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Walvis Bay delegates proudly pictured with their country placards.

The Model United Nations vocabulary and rules of procedure, sounded odd at first but the learners were eager to learn and surprisingly adopted it very quickly. This was quite evident during their first hands-on training “mock” session on the topic “whether education should be free”. The two day training session also made provision for more practical group work on the essentials of MUN documents which included the purpose of a Position Paper and Resolution writing. The training session in Walvis Bay come to an end with the passing of two resolutions.

The bright and eager Walvis Bay learners had the following to say about the Model UN programme:  “I’ve learned so much during these two days and I made many new friends.” Continue reading