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.
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
After 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.
They 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
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.
On 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 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
The United Nations System in Namibia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare hosted a Soccer Match Against Poverty on Saturday, 24 October 2015. The event was held at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura. Continue reading
On 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
UNIC Windhoek is proud to conclude the UN4U programme for 2015. With an initial target set at reaching 3000 learners for 2015, the team is proud to announce that UNIC Windhoek has surpassed this target! This year, UNIC managed to reach a total of 3633 learners in Windhoek! Continue reading
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 to 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