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
On 7 April 2016, UNIC Windhoek proudly launched the High School Practicum Programme, a first, for the UN in Namibia. In attendance were representatives of various high schools in Windhoek, who were designated by their school principals to attend this important launch. Namibian schools are writing exams currently, thus the UNIC team fully appreciated the attendance and support of the designated representatives.
Leading the presentation, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek, elaborated on how through innovative campaigns and partnerships, this programme aims at empowering the next generation of world leaders to work with the United Nations and take on global challenges. Equipped with this, the students will be encouraged by the programme to develop leadership skills and civic awareness, and will stay informed on the perspectives and issues affecting nations across the world. Continue reading