Pretoria – Itsoseng Combined High School in Hebron, North West Province, hosted the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria for a FUN Day event on 15 March 2013. The theme of the event was poverty elimination and development and the UN involvement in addressing these issues.
Radhika Lal, Strategic Planning Adviser for the UN Country Team was the guest speaker.
UNIC Librarian, Hope Kabamba, introduced the team and gave a brief introduction of the UN system and what the UN was doing in South Africa and globally. Radhika Lal explained what the United Nations Development Programme was doing in South Africa and globally. Her presentation on eradicating poverty prompted a lot of questions from the learners who really wanted to know what the UN was doing to eliminate poverty and how the UN could help them in their community.
Thembi Lekoape, life orientation teacher thanked the UN team and invited them to come back to the school in future for other briefings. Hope Kabamba extended an invitation to all learners to visit the UNIC Library.
Ms Lekoape took the UNIC team for the tour of the school vegetable garden which is managed with the help of the government municipality in the area which supplies water twice a week in order to sustain production of vegetables. Due to high poverty levels in the area, this school garden benefits some of the learners who are struggling with food insecurity in their households. The learners expressed great interest in the briefing and participated actively as the topic is a reality of life in their area.