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UN System in Namibia teaches Windhoek International School learners about children’s rights

children's rights 6The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia, namely the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek, UNICEF and the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) taught Windhoek International School’s grade five learners about children’s rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 6 September 2016.

Following introductions by each learner, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia opened up the programme by providing a brief background on the UN. Asking the learners about the UN and why it as formed, the learners could barely remain in their seats as they wanted to answer all the questions and share their knowledge.

children's rights 2After hearing the learners’ answers, Ms. Gbeho explained that following World War II, the world needed an organization that facilitated peaceful relationships and encouraged countries to discuss problems rather than fighting about them. Thus, the UN was established to not only maintain international peace and security but to also promote human rights and solve problems including poverty and hunger, among other issues. Continue reading

Windhoek primary school students eager to learn about poverty in Namibia and the world “I pledge to end poverty”

DSC_0344June 15th marked yet another exciting day at the United Nations House in Windhoek. UNICEF in conjunction with UNIC Windhoek hosted thirty-five young, vibrant students from Windhoek International School during which they were briefed on poverty in Namibia and the world.

DSC_0276The resident coordinator of the UN, Ms. Kiki Gbeho warmly welcomed the children, ranging from eight to ten years old, and introduced them to the work of the United Nations and its goals of combating poverty nationally and on a global scale. The students showed great interest throughout Ms. Gbeho’s opening and were eager to ask questions and share their thoughts on creative solutions to help those in need. The UN staff was visibly impressed by the children’s keen participation, and Ms. Gbeho encouraged them to keep their spirit and drive and eventually turn their ideas into reality in the future.

Following the discussion, the UNIC team briefed the students in more detail on facts and statistics on childhood poverty, why it exists and what more can be done to eradicate it. Continue reading