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Read Namibia and UN Namibia encourage children to read

The United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) handed over books to children and reiterated the importance of literacy at Read Namibia’s UN Plaza Readathon on 16 September 2017.

Read Namibia, which aims to educate young learners and give them the skills and knowledge needed to become global citizens, is made up of a diverse group of partners including the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS), the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (UNAM).

Speaking at the Readathon, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho highlighted the importance of reading and attributed her success to literacy. “I am where I am today because of reading,” she stated.

The UNRC further explained what the UN is and its work in Namibia. Literacy and quality education has been on the forefront of the UN’s development agenda globally and in Namibia. Specifically, Goal 4 ‘Quality Education’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to increase literacy around the globe by 2030 and through the Education and Skills Pillar of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014-2018, the UN works with Government to address education challenges.

To get the crowd excited about reading, the UNRC read How the Giraffe Got So Tall by Abby Long to the children.

Maria Hiwilepo, a pilot for Air Namibia, also spoke at the event, encouraging the children to follow their dreams, work hard, stay in school and have the foresight to think ahead towards their future.

Following the speeches, the children read books in groups, wrote their own stories and played word games. The children received donated books as prizes and gifts to take home from UN Namibia, which were the result of a UN Staff book drive held the week before.

Read Namibia collaborates with volunteers from Embassies and High Commissions in Namibia, local libraries, schools and private sector partners to host reading events and donate reading materials to young learners. While inspiring a love of reading in the younger generation, Read Namibia hopes that it can help combat illiteracy and promote quality education in an effort to transform Namibia into a knowledge-based society.

UN System Namibia’s first Town Hall for 2017 kicks off on a high note

The Resident Coordinator’s Office hosted the UN System in Namibia’s first Town hall meeting on Wednesday, 25th January 2017. All UN Namibia staff from  resident agencies as well as some non-resident agencies attended in large numbers.

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho welcomed staff back with a short motivational New Year’s greeting. Gbeho highlighted that 2017 will be another great year for the UN in Namibia. She reflected on 2016 and highlighted some of the important milestones the UN System were able to deliver upon thanks to the hard work of each staff member from the respective UN agencies. Gbeho further thanked the UN Country Team members for their continued support during 2016. She called upon all staff to work toward Delivering as One to make 2017 successful.

The Resident Coordinator noted that “these are exciting times for the United Nations as there is a newly appointed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres from Portugal”. She spoke at length about the newly appointed Secretary General, his focus areas as well his vision for the UN System as a whole. Continue reading

Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership begins with engaging discussions on Women’s Empowerment

From June to August 2016, the UN System in Namibia facilitated a series of informative talks with 5000 young girls at schools in Windhoek. The ‘Prosperous Paths: Leading in Vocation’ programme educated the girl-child about Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely gender equality, and encouraged learners to follow their dreams. A selection of girls were invited to the follow up programme, ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ which aims to equip girls with skills and information to empower girls in the community.

dsc_1095On 7 November 2016, the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ started, a week long, full day programme filled with discussions, invited speakers and practical exercises addressing some of the common questions and gaps young girls spoke about at the 5000 girls talks.

A group of  girls from different schools in Windhoek as well as NAMCOL gathered at the UN House in Klein Windhoek to further their journey in the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme.

dsc_1224The learners met in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek library where they were welcomed by Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and introduced to the UNIC Windhoek team. As they waited in suspense for the programme to start, the learners expressed that they were both excited and nervous.

Immediately testing their public speaking skills, Basson asked the learners to partner up and ask a few questions to their partner to get to know them. The learners then introduced their partners to the group, standing up and boldly sharing their partner’s name, which school they attend and a fun fact about them. Continue reading

UN Namibia congratulates UNAIDS Special Advocate Geingos

2016-10-11-17-42-11At a luncheon today, the UN System in Namibia congratulated Ms. Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls and discussed the opportunities that her appointment brings in the fight to end AIDS / HIV.

Windhoek, 11 October 2016 – The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia congratulated the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls at a luncheon today as well as discussed the opportunities her appointment brings to Namibia.

Madam Geingos was named a UNAIDS Special Advocate in September 2016, around the same time as the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 3 Months after the Adoption of the UN Political Declaration for Ending AIDS by 2030. With her appointment, she will champion of Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free, an agenda to put the world on a Super-Fast-Track to end AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.

“It is a role I accepted with great relish as it speaks to our shared dream of a HIV-free generation, which is able to harness its full potential,” Madam Geingos said at the luncheon. Continue reading

UN Namibia stresses the importance of education for sustainable development at NUST Dialogue

NUST 5On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the UN System in Namibia visited the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) for the Public Dialogue: 2016 International Education Day regarding the theme of ‘ensuring international cooperation  to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

Before the dialogue started, students and lecturers read through United Nations publications at an exhibit run by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. The UNIC Windhoek Team displayed publications from various UN Agencies that work in Namibia in an effort to enlighten the public about the United Nations, its work specifically in Namibia and its efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through diverse projects.

NUST 10Scores of curious students and lecturers visited the exhibition, and many students picked up publications that related to their fields of study in order to assist in achieving their individual education goals and to increase their knowledge. Other students inquired about the requirements necessary to intern at the various UN agencies located in Namibia, sharing their goals of working for the United Nations. Continue reading

UN System promotes culture of reading at Readathon kickoff

Readathon 1Each year, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses and other stakeholders run the September Readathon in order to promote a culture of reading throughout the country.

Yesterday, the Readathon’s kickoff was held at the Katutura Public Library where learners of a variety of ages took part in various educational activities. Students read books together, took part in a fun spelling bee and completed educational quizzes, to name a few of the activities. The learners were smiling as they gained new knowledge through reading. Continue reading

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

Gobabis host 2016 World Radio Day celebrations

Dignities of WRD 2016

World Radio Day Dignitaries

 Namibia joined the rest of the world on 13th February 2016 to commemorate World Radio. The national celebrations took place in Gobabis at the Epako Community Hall, Omaheke Region under the global theme “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Honourable Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah officiate the ceremony which also allowed her to interact with the community of Gobabis. She said that “Responding to emergencies is easier and more transparent when there is a platform to disseminate information”. Radio is an inexpensive medium that requires relatively simple technology and its reach extends from policy makers to remote communities and marginalized groups in the quickest possible time. It offers a platform to different groups to intervene in public debates, irrespective of people’s educational level. She added that World Radio Day 2016 will draw people’s attention on the unique role radio plays in times of emergency and disaster. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. Therefore Radio should be part of the entire process before, during and after a disaster making sure that information is disseminated to reach said Hon Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah. Continue reading

 

Namibia, Windhoek – 6 August 2015 –   The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia officially presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister International Relations and Cooperation, the Hon. H.E. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.

KikiMs. Kiki Gbeho has now officially assumed her duties as the Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Namibia. She is the chairperson of the UN Country Team (UNCT). As such she fulfills the responsibility of coordinating all UN entities in the country in order that the UN’s efforts are aligned with the Government’s development priorities and the needs and aspirations of the people of Namibia. Continue reading

UN Press conference to bid farewell to UNRC Mr. Musinga Bandora

IMG_0233The United Nations Information Centre Windhoek hosted a press conference in Windhoek at the UN House announcing the departure of the current United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative to Namibia, H.E. Mr. Musinga T. Bandora. Originally from Tanzania, the Resident Coordinator took up office in Namibia during January 2012.

IMG_0250UNIC Windhoek’s National Information Officer, Ms. Anthea Basson moderated the press event. The press conference was well attended by the mainstream print, television and radio media channels in Namibia. Mr.Bandora’s last day at the UN in Namibia will be 30 June 2015.

 At the press conference, Mr. Musinga Bandora noted that “it has been a privilege and honour to the serve the UN in Namibia, working in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia to address pertinent issues related to the country’s national development.” Bandora’s successor, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho is scheduled to take up the reigns of her new portfolio on 19 July 2015. Continue reading