On 17 May 2016, Practicum participants learned about the importance of volunteering and caring for those around them through an interactive presentation and practical participation in two projects. The practical work included creating get-well-soon cards for cancer patients and cleaning up the streets around the United Nations House in Windhoek, Namibia.
The UNIC Windhoek team started the day by defining what volunteerism is, why it is important and offered a few different ways that the practicum participants could volunteer in their own communities. Through videos as well as testimony by the UNIC Windhoek team, the students learned that it is important to serve our fellow human beings and lend a supportive hand wherever possible. The students also learned about the importance of developing a connection with the people they serve and sharing what they learn while volunteering in order to motivate other people to bring about change as well.
The students were excited to share their own ideas of ways to get involved in their communities and to begin bringing about change. After the presentation, the students began to take action themselves by creating get-well-soon cards for young cancer patients, with the intention of bringing a smile to the little heroes’ faces who bravely fight their illnesses every day. Continue reading →
Participants graduated on Friday, 20 May 2016 from UNIC Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme, hosted at a local restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia.
The participants dressed up for the graduation and went with the UNIC Windhoek team to Nyama, located in the centre of Windhoek. After finding their seats at the table, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek thanked the students for their hard work and dedication to the programme.
The graduation ceremony followed and Anthea Basson handed over the certificates to each of the participants as well as assessments about each students’ performance, skills and improvement throughout the course of the programme.
Basson noted that the first intake of students had already set the bar high for the programme, she noted with pride how much positive growth she had seen in all the students and what a remarkable transformation it has been. “I encourage you to use these and similar platforms to build on the skills and knowledge you have been exposed to over the past couple of weeks and to nurture these to become well rounded, global citizens,” she concluded. Continue reading →