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.
Mr. Peter Mackenzie, Windhoek International School (WIS) principal, opened the special assembly with an inspirational speech on the importance of honoring and defending education as a tool to change the world. The school programme was buttered up with poems, songs, video and dance performances by the learners.
The keynote speaker, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, United Nations Resident Coordinator, spoke about the work of the UN and the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She gauged the learners interest and ensured interactive participation by calling on the learners to answer questions related to human development and the SDGs.
The students were very keen to hear more about the United Nations and sustainable development issues. They seemed to already be aware of how to protect the planet and contribute to a better world, starting with addressing inequalities and promoting education.
The United Nations Information Centre set up an information stand outside the auditorium manned by UNIC, UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNESCO interns. They encouraged the students to engage with the UN on various youth programmes and activities such as (Model United Nations) as well as teenage related issues.
The UN Day Assembly was a great success and the feedback from the school and participating students was overwhelmingly positive.