The UNIC Windhoek Team reached out to Tobias Hainyeko Primary School, situated in the Okuryangava location in Katutura, to carry out the first instalment of this year’s UN4U programme. A presentation was conducted by the UNIC team to a group of over 400 learners. UN4U is an educational outreach programme which brings UN officials to speak to students at their schools. The programme is aimed at communicating the fundamentals of the United Nations work with a strong focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme was tailored in a manner that the students should own the SDGs and come up with possible suggestions in achieving it.
The programme highlights the history of the United Nations, the UN flag and what the flag represents; introduction of the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres; followed by an in-depth explanation of the organs of the United Nations and how they work. The presentation also provided an overview of the various specialised agencies based in Namibia.
The active participation of students was encouraged by reciting all 17 Sustainable Development Goals out loud to emphasize the importance of each goal and what they could do in order to contribute to achieving the goals. In order to make the goals relevant a strong link was shown by the presenters on how the 2030 goals are incorporated into Namibia’s Harambee Prosperity plan and the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5)
The schools Life skills teacher Ms. Ases expressed the schools gratitude on the presentation that was made by the UNIC team. Additionally the learners choose an SDG which resonates with them. The following gaols received the most attention: No poverty SDG 1, Zero Hunger SDG2, Good Health and Well Being SDG 3 and Quality education SDG4.