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Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) update 2018

Our Model United Nations programme is specifically targeted for Namibian youth! Young people have the opportunity to learn more about the UN by modelling diplomats and heads of member states in a simulation of the General Assembly. Topical discussions take place and the aim is to reach consensus and pass a resolution at the end of the conference. As youth gather to deliberate and step into the shoes of diplomats they need to learn about the UN and how it works, the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda and need to stay true to ideals of the UN Charter. The Model UN programme develops critical thinking and analysis and provides young people with a more pragmatic view of international relations and diplomacy.

Preparations are under way to host the 7th annual Model United Nations  Namibia (MUNNAM)   conference for high school learners in Namibia. The applications forms are streaming in and soon the UNIC Windhoek team will release the final selection of delegates who will convene during September 2018 in Windhoek to debate, lobby and negotiate as member states of the General Assembly. For more information about the programme please email us: unic.windhoek@un.org or call us at 061 204 6367.

 

Namibian youth marimba band mesmerize audience with SDG performance

UN Day is one of the most important observances on the UN calendar, providing the UN System in Namibia with some time to take stock of its key achievements, reflect on successful partnerships and push forward to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the theme of UN Day aptly built around the achievement of the SDGs, it came as no surprise that the special entertainment, provided by the Sunshine Private School marimba band, was about the SDGs. The school marimba band prepared a 10min repertoire which had the audience moving to their unique sounds. It was followed by a spoken word performance on the 17 SDGs by a grade six learner, Tafadzwa Bopoto. He led the dignitaries and invited guests through each of the 17 goals, explaining what each goal meant.

Tafadzwa described the goals in simple terms which resonated well with the audience of learners from different schools. “Everybody deserves a meal,” he noted when referencing Goal 2, Zero Hunger, “as a student, education is very important, once we get an education, we can achieve whatever goals we want,” he noted when he reflected on Goal 4, Quality Education.

The audience members were all ears, as they nodded their heads and applauded in agreement, the entire marimba band echoed Tafadwa’s sentiments by playing a tune and calling out the Goals. When Tafadzwa concluded explaining the 17 Goals, he asked the audience questions, testing them on what he had just presented through his carefully crafted explanation of the 17 SDGs.

The Sunshine Private School marimba band’s spoken word showcased the talent of Namibian youth and added a wonderful ambience to the official proceedings. It was a highlight of their performance, and a testimony to the UNIC Windhoek team in the foundation the Centre is laying when embarking on educational outreaches to schools in Windhoek through programmes such as UN4U with a strong focus on the SDGs.

For the audience members and learners who participated in the UN Day 2017 observation, the 17 SDGs will never be the same again. Tafadzwa’s rendition broke down the goals in layman’s terms making them easy to understand. The Sunshine Private School was applauded for their preparation and entire performance. Their composed songs and spoken word was geared around the global goals and extremely memorable.

 

Practicum students zoom in on: Youth Empowerment and Development

Youth Empowerment and Development is a process where children and young people from 16 -35 are encouraged to take charge of their lives and provide the youth with possibility’s and options to do so. An important aspect to achieve the empowerment of the youth is to make them believe in themselves to have an impact on their self-consciousness, thoughts, beliefs, values and their attitude. To actively empower themselves the youth could e.g. participate in the problem solving progresses in their community’s.

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The day started with a motivational and encouraging speech from Mr. Mandela Kapere, from The National Youth Council. We were impressed to find out that he participated in the writing of the African Youth Charter of the African Union. He mostly focused on the Youth Empowerment and Development.

Mr. Kapere mentioned a few important issues and solutions to improve the lifestyle of the youth. He mentioned that education is absolutely necessary to guarantee welfare of the youth through training that the government offers to the youth to try and better their future. The National Youth Council’s goal is to help woman, mainly from the rural areas so they too can have better opportunities in life. The council also focuses on helping children with disabilities to learn to be independent and get equal opportunities. He further emphasized that sexuality is a problem amongst the youth and the community at large and in order for the youth to tackle these issues, the youth should be encouraged to uplift each other and not judge one another. Continue reading

Practicum participants learn the global importance of human rights

DSC_0677After learning more about the United Nations, the practicum participants dived deeper into the work of the United Nations. On 5th May 2016, UNIC Windhoek explained the concept of human rights and the students researched articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The session started with an engaging video about human rights. The students were surprised to learn that the concept of human rights did not exist until Cyrus the Great and Mahatma Gandhi laid the fundamentals for these pertinent, universal rights.

DSC_0680They also began to understand the importance of ensuring human rights for all people as they saw images of human suffering and as they found out violations of human rights here in Namibia. The students were in disbelief after hearing that one out of three children are poor; one out of four children suffers from abuse and one out of seven children do not have proper shelter in Namibia. Continue reading

UNIC’s High School Practicum Programme participants encouraged to “Take space”

 

DSC_0663 (1)For years the United Nations (UN) has tried to involve the youth by providing them with programs, such as Model United Nations where scholars are brought to have a mock General Assembly. This encourages the youth to become aware of the different problems the world faces and how to go about them. Today we have gathered for the induction programme of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) high school practicum.

DSC_0567On the 3rd of May 2016, 18 students from different schools gathered at the United Nations House to find out what the Practicum entails. Students were immediately brought into the programme by being given the task of finding out how many agencies are housed in the building they found themselves in. It was interesting to find out not only how many agencies are housed but also their specific mandate in bettering the lives of Namibians. A slide show was then presented to them, by Ms Anthea Basson titled: The UN matters. This gave students a clearer overview of the UN, this also added towards their general knowledge. Time was allocated to them afterwards, during which they got refreshments and interacted with each other and got the task to find out why the other participants chose to take part in this programme. Continue reading

Windhoek International School UN Day Assembly

wis4Windhoek International School hosted a UN Day Assembly on Thursday 22nd October 2015. With 550 students between the age group of 12 – 18 years attended the assembly, the auditorium was jam packed. The aim of the assembly was to provide the students with background information on the United Nations, the UN’s role in Namibia’s independence and highlighting the UN70 theme of youth, development and poverty. Continue reading

UN Namibia launch UN70 under theme: Youth, Development & Poverty

press launch 5On Friday, 9 October 2015, the United Nations System in Namibia hosted a press briefing to officially launch UN70 commemorative events in Namibia under the theme unique to Namibia, “Youth, Development & Poverty.”

The speakers addressing the media included the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, Honourable Minister Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare as well as Mr. Kapere, Chairperson of the Board and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council. The United Nations Country Team in Namibia which comprise of all the heads of agencies were also in attendance and ready to engage with the media on the UN70 milestone as well as their various agency mandates. Mr. Patrick Haingura, Acting Director for the Youth Directorate was also in attendance to share the platform with the UN System. Continue reading

UN4U programme reaches 600 more learners

The UN4U programme is in full swing at UNIC Windhoek. The programme highlights how the United Nations works for each of us and the audience for this year is primary school pupils. On the 9th, 13th, and 14th of July 2015, UNIC Windhoek hosted the UN4U programme at A.I. Steenkamp in Katutura. Over the span of three days, the Centre managed to reach 600 pupils, teaching the programme to three groups of two hundred pupils. In the absence of a school hall, the team set up outside on a paved floor, under a shadenet ai fiveto inform excited groups of children on the important work of the UN.

The sessions were interactive and had the eager pupils involved from start to finish. Starting off with the history of the United Nations, the comprehensive presentation covered all aspects of the UN with photographs, pictures and info graphics. Learners were continuously provided the opportunity to test their own knowledge through questions posed by the UNIC team members. Continue reading