Combretum Trust students learn about gender equality through Prosperous Paths Outreach

DSC_0094The United Nations System in Namibia team continued its Prosperous Paths outreach programme at Combretum Trust, a secondary level school in Windhoek, on Friday, 8 July 2016.

Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia, started by asking Combretum Trust’s female learners a few questions about the United Nations to test their knowledge as well as to gauge their familiarity with the UN’s work in Namibia. The students stated the UN Agencies they had heard of and explained the work each agency does in Namibia.

Ms. Basson then gave a presentation based on the fifth Sustainable Development Goal, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. She shared facts about Gender-Based Violence as well as the disparity among genders in terms of holding leadership positions in Namibia.

DSC_0110Ms. Basson also led an in-depth discussion of how to attain Goal #5 in Namibia. “If we want to make the world work, we need to address the unworkable, and collectively, we as women and girls, should strive to fix it,” she said.

Mrs. Su Brown, the principal of Combretum Trust, then shared a few words of inspiration with the learners, encouraging the girls to follow their dreams as dreams are always obtainable. She noted that they all can relate to what had been shared by the UN, and it pertinent to many aspects of life, not just their future professional lives, but also friendships and family life in general.

The ups and downs of life can sometimes be discouraging, especially to young girls. Thus, it is important to always try to remind oneself that hard work and determination will always lead to well-to-do places.