What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 26 June –2 July 2017.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia are signing an internship letter of agreement on Monday, 26 June 2017. In line with SDG 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’, UNIC Windhoek is partnering with tertiary institutions to empower the future leaders of tomorrow.
UNESCO will be conducting Regional Trainings of Education Officers on the use of the Kopana Community of Practise (this falls under our UNESCO/China Funds-in-Trust (CFIT) Project which aims at “Capacity Development for Quality Teacher Education in Namibia”. Trainings will occur in all regions and will be done alongside NUST, NAMCOL and UNAM and from 26 June-11 Aug. Continue reading
Each year, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses and other stakeholders run the September Readathon in order to promote a culture of reading throughout the country.
Yesterday, the Readathon’s kickoff was held at the Katutura Public Library where learners of a variety of ages took part in various educational activities. Students read books together, took part in a fun spelling bee and completed educational quizzes, to name a few of the activities. The learners were smiling as they gained new knowledge through reading. Continue reading
The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia, namely the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek, UNICEF and the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) taught Windhoek International School’s grade five learners about children’s rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 6 September 2016.
Following introductions by each learner, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia opened up the programme by providing a brief background on the UN. Asking the learners about the UN and why it as formed, the learners could barely remain in their seats as they wanted to answer all the questions and share their knowledge.
After hearing the learners’ answers, Ms. Gbeho explained that following World War II, the world needed an organization that facilitated peaceful relationships and encouraged countries to discuss problems rather than fighting about them. Thus, the UN was established to not only maintain international peace and security but to also promote human rights and solve problems including poverty and hunger, among other issues. Continue reading
This afternoon, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia (UNRC) Ms. Kiki Gbeho, wished Marlise Mouton the best of luck as she prepares to fly to the United States of America to attend the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme.
The month-long Programme, which was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 (paragraph III-9) and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, is designed for young, full time journalists working in print, web-based, radio and television media from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
Mouton, a broadcast journalist for Channel 7, will become the fourth Namibian to participate in the Programme, following in the footsteps of Ms. Angie Kapeliania and Mr. Protasius Ndawendapo who both participated in the programme in 1990 and Mr. Leevy-Lee Abrahams who participated in 1998.
Ms. Gbeho congratulated Mouton on her acceptance and encouraged her to make the most of the opportunity. Mouton is excited to represent the Land of the Brave at the programme, which will begin next week.
The Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South is an initiative coordinated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs at Vienna within the so-called Disarmament and Non-proliferation Partnership (DNP) of 27 organizations, all working in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and development.
The online and in-person courses will introduce participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of topics such as weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, disarmament and development, gender and disarmament, as well as peace and development-related technologies.
The educational modules have been developed by the DNP Education partners, and provide first-hand information about major international organizations working in disarmament, non-proliferation and development, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Continue reading
On Monday, 15 August 2016, the United Nations Information Team (UNIC) Windhoek team visited Suiderhof Primary School, marking the sixth outreach of the #UN4U outreach program. The program aims at enlightening primary school learners about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The UNIC Windhoek team was warmly welcomed by the school’s principal and escorted to the school’s main assembly hall where the grade 6 and 7 learners assembled for the presentation. Continue reading
On 12 August, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) team visited Havana Primary School, its fifth primary school, in three weeks. The students were excited to learn about the work of the United Nations (UN) in Namibia and find out more about UN Day through the #UN4U programme.
UN Day, commemorated each year on 24 October, marks the anniversary of when the UN Charter was entered into force. With the ratification of this founding document in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being.
In order to educate the public about the United Nations and its work in preparation of this eventful day, UN representatives across the globe bring the #UN4U programme to schools. The programme also aims at raising awareness of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answering any questions learners might have regarding the work of the UN and the realization of the SDGs. Continue reading
Wednesday morning, 10 August 2016, marked yet another advancement of the UN4U campaign which, for the past week, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team has facilitated at different primary schools across the capital city of Namibia.
The team set out to educate the learners of Michelle McLean Primary School, a school founded by actress, writer, model and 1992 Miss Universe, Michelle McLean. Through similar projects and training programmes run by the Michelle McLean Children Trust, children are inspired by McLean’s motto, “If you can imagine it, you can do it.”
Mummers could be heard from the crowd of 320 pupils, who sat eagerly waiting for the presentation to begin. The UNIC Windhoek team then began to inform the students about the UN General Assembly, the various UN Agencies and the specific work of these Agencies in Namibia. The Team explained that UN Agencies work closely with the Namibian Government in four main areas, namely poverty eradication, improving health, ensuring quality education, and protecting the environment. Continue reading
On 9 August 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team had the pleasure of bringing the #UN4U presentation to Herman Gmeiner Primary School located in Khomasdal, Windhoek. The school is one of the many primary schools founded by the SOS Village community throughout 132 different countries.
The aim of the #UN4U programme is to not only educate primary level learners about the United Nations, but to also encourage the younger generation to use their individual voices to bring about change in the world.
Three hundred cheerful Grade 4 and 5 learners attended the presentation, and they were the most vibrant and engaging crowd the team has seen throughout the #UN4U campaign thus far. Eager to learn from the UNIC Windhoek team, the pupils listened attentively as the work of the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were explained. Continue reading
In September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations with the aim of ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ The Goals cover a broad range of sustainable development issues including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. Although the SDGs were drafted and adopted by world leaders, individual action by people across the globe is needed in order for these goals to be achieved.
This week, the UNIC Windhoek launched an educational outreach programme, #UN4U, through which it aims to educate primary level learners about the United Nations and the SDGs while motivating the younger generation to play a role in sustainable development.
UNIC Windhoek kicked off the programme on 3 August 2016 at Mandume Primary School in Katutura, Windhoek. 265 eager learners attended the #UN4U outreach and were very inquisitive about the United Nations, asking in-depth questions and even sharing their knowledge of the work of UN Agencies specifically in Namibia. Continue reading