The final instalment of the UN4U educational outreach programme for the 2018 concluded at Suiderhof Primary School, 600 learners were in attendance from grades 4 to 7.
On the 27th of June 2018, UNIC Windhoek team presented “how the United Nations works for you.” The presentation highlighted the history of the United Nations, the different organs of the United Nations and how the specialized agencies, work in order to advance the goals and mandate of the UN. This was followed by a screening of a short video that summarized the entire presentation. The learners were introduced to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and lay the foundation on how they can contribute to the achievement of the global goals in Namibia.
The success of this programme, extends and strengthens the existing partnership that already exists between the UNIC Windhoek team and Suiderhof Primary School. The team received a warm welcome from the school’s social science teacher Mrs Rene Linno and the principal of the school Mr Myburgh. During the question and answer session. Learners were rewarded with SDG branded bags, lanyards and pens.
At the end of the session, the school principal expressed his gratitude and appreciation on the presentation that was conducted by the UNIC team. The UNIC Windhoek team reached a total of over 1300 learners for the 2018 programme.
One of the primary roles of the United Nations information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek is to go into the field and educate young people about the work of the United Nations and ensure the understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Contributing to the development of the second instalment of the UN4U programme the UNIC team visited Gammams Primary School on 22 June 2018 to deliver another insightful presentation to over 400 learners, detailing how the “UN works for you”. The programme is presented annually as a precursor to the UN Day celebrations that are set to take place on 24 October 2018. The programme includes an overview of the United Nations, its history, UN peacekeeping, UN organs, UN agencies present in Namibia and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A warm welcome was extended to the team by the learners and teachers. The presentation included a brief overview of how the UN came about, the role of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and UN peacekeeping missions and how it responds to security threats. Furthermore, programmes and specialised agencies of the UN were also highlighted to showcase the UNs response in different situations e.g. emergencies, disease outbreak, disasters, etc. This was followed by a short video screening segment in order to summarise the history of the United Nations. Continue reading