Participants graduate with smiles from first High School Practicum Programme 2016

DSC_0457Participants graduated on Friday, 20 May 2016 from UNIC Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme, hosted at a local restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia.

The participants dressed up for the graduation and went with the UNIC Windhoek team to Nyama, located in the centre of Windhoek. After finding their seats at the table, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek thanked the students for their hard work and dedication to the programme.

DSC_0520The graduation ceremony followed and Anthea Basson handed over the certificates to each of the participants as well as assessments about each students’ performance, skills and improvement throughout the course of the programme.

Basson noted that the first intake of students had already set the bar high for the programme, she noted with pride how much positive growth she had seen in all the students and what a remarkable transformation it has been. “I encourage you to use these and similar platforms to build on the skills and knowledge you have been exposed to over the past couple of weeks and to nurture these to become well rounded, global citizens,” she concluded.

Thomas Sinner, one of the participants said, “When we first arrived we didn’t know any of the faces around the table. But now we have become great friends all thanks to Anthea. She took us under her wing and led us throughout the programme,” as his peers nodded their heads in agreement.

The students then voted for who they thought was the best speaker for the MUN simulation about wildlife trafficking which was held the previous day. Over lunch the students continued to talk about how much they enjoyed the MUN simulation and shared their memories from the programme.

DSC_0498The students also received a group photo in a Sustainable Development Goals frame. As a way to catalogue their memories, the students signed the back of each of their photos.

The participants have become close friends throughout the course of the programme, while learning more about the United Nations and gaining valuable skills to assist them throughout the rest of their studies and further into life.