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Practicum students learn about the Rwandan Genocide and Presentation Skills

RwandaOn the 10 May 2016, the high school practicum program participants covered two topics, communication skills (as part of the skills training in the programme) and the Rwanda Genocide as part of their human rights studies (UN work). The students kick started their morning with an exciting communication skills exercise.

They were tasked to research and present different communication skills and later demonstrate how to professionally and persuasively spread a message. The teams delivered presentations touching on negative and positive body language, the tone to use when giving a presentation and tips for a well-designed and interesting layout.  The exercise refreshed the students’ memory on how to properly deliver a presentation. Ms. Anthea Basson from UNIC Windhoek congratulated the presenters for improving their presentation skills compared to the days before leaving the students peppy and excited for new topics to come.

Rwanda1The communications component was followed by the UNIC team presenting on the Rwanda Genocide that took place in Rwanda during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994. The team led the students through the chronological history of the genocide.

Based on this historical learning session, the students were divided into three groups and had to answer the following questions to gain a better understanding of the work of the UN at that time and the occurrences typically preceding and following a genocide. The questions read as follows: How could the outcome of the Rwandan Genocide have been different if the UN intervened quicker and more efficiently? What could the UN member states have done to prevent the Genocide from happening in the first place? What recommendations do you make that genocide does not appear in the future? Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek and Hochland students reflect on Genocide in Rwanda

DSC_0057On 7 April, the United Nations observe the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, the theme of this year’s observance is “Fighting Genocide Ideology”.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team paid a special visit to Hochland High School, where a group of senior, history students in the eleventh grade, learnt more about this internationally observed day.

DSC_0080By reflecting on the Rwanda Genocide, students are guided through the history of the genocide, to build awareness and also understanding, and most importantly, for such events to be a learning lesson that will help prevent similar acts in the future. The educational outreach also raises awareness of the lasting impact of genocide on the survivors, particularly widows, orphans and victims of sexual violence, and the challenges that they still face to this day. Continue reading