On 12 May 2016, the group of Practicum participants under the leadership of Anthea Basson and UNIC team undertook an excursion to the Independence Memorial Museum as part of the 5 week training course for the young high school students. The excursion formed part of the comprehensive training and interactive activities the group had done over the course of the programme on Human Rights and Genocides.
During the past 150+ years, millions of people have lost their lives in genocide or mass atrocities. After learning about the Rwanda Genocide, the students embarked on a surprise visit arranged by UNIC Windhoek to the Independence Memorial Museum to experience historic examples from home and as a reminder to the youth to not stand by and watch history repeat itself.
From the onset the students were astonished by how many Namibian lives were lost during Namibia’s liberation struggle, a long fight for freedom, equality and justice.The triple floor exhibition provided more detailed anecdotes of the history of Namibia. The chronological order of events started with the 19th century and carried through to the Cassinga Massacre.
At the end of the tour, the students were shown the central piece of the exhibition – a big and powerful panorama, portraying all major events on the long and bloody battle of Namibian independence in just one large painting. Amazed by all these impressions, practicum students headed back to the UN house in Klein Windhoek to reflect on what they had experienced. This followed preparation on their next day’s work, namely the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015.