Pretoria – On 19 April 2013, Cosmo City Secondary School in Johannesburg hosted the United Nations Information Centre for a briefing on the UN. This event was lead by UNIC Librarian, Hope Kabamba, accompanied by the UNIC Driver/Clerk, Scotch Mabhena and UNIC Library Intern Phumla Sithole.
The 8 Goals for Africa video was screened to grade 12 learners followed by the UN4U video. The Librarian gave an overview of the work of the UN and the Millennium Development Goals. The learners were engaged in the discussion session which provoked interesting questions on poverty in general and what the UN was doing specifically towards the eradication of poverty in South Africa. Learners also wanted to know how they could get involved in the work of the UN while still at school. The UNIC Librarian conducted a quiz and rewarded learners with the UNICEF publication Miles Ahead and pencil cases.
The UN team handed out information packs on various UN topics to learners, the UNIC Librarian encouraged the learners to visit the UN websites and UNIC Pretoria face book and twitter pages for additional information and communication purposes as well as a visit to the UNIC Library in Pretoria.
The principal, Mr. Mokate and the life orientation teacher Mr. Makobe thanked the UNIC team for visiting the school and extended an invitation to visit the school again to engage on other topics of interest to learners.
The event concluded with a learner volunteering to read an excerpt of the UN Secretary-General’s speech addressed to the youth at the 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit in Lisbon, Portugal: “You have to work and think about how we can make this world a better place for all. This is what I’d really like to ask our young leaders. We will try as leaders of today to minimize the problems which we will hand over to you. But it is up to you. You have to take ownership and be the leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen.”