The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria organized a FUN Day for 90 grade 12 learners at Stanza Bopape Secondary School in Mamelodi Township in Pretoria on 28 April 2016. The focus of the event was to promote the United Nations newly adopted Sustainable development Goals to more than 90 grade 12 learners and two school coordinators.
The school principal, Ms. Tiny Beumpoa welcomed the UNIC team and introduced the agenda for the visit. UNIC Librarian, Hope Kabamba who was accompanied by Mr. Scotch Mabhena, Antoni Armache, IT Intern and Fhumulani Mudau, Library Intern, introduced the learners to the work of the United Nations followed by a short UN4U video. SDG icons were distributed among the learners to support the second video screened on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The screening of SDGs video paved the way for an interactive session with learners. Hope quizzed the learners about contemporary issues they identified in the video and also opened a discussion on how the successes of the SDGs may impact the Stanza Bopape community. Learners were fully engaged and those who gave detailed and correct answers were awarded with UN branded materials. One learner commented, “I hope the SGD’s will be taken more seriously by all member states to accomplish the targets set by 2030 as compared to MDGs. I want to be a community Development Officer one day so that I can help people.”
At the end of the presentation, Fhumulani Mudau, the Library Intern also shared details regarding the UN Youth Photo and Essay contest, to which learners responded positively. The presentation ended by Hope giving the students an opportunity to ask any questions or to voice opinions regarding the presentation or competition.
Stanza Bopape is situated in an informal settlement, like other townships in South Africa and is hardest hit by poverty. In addition to high levels of poverty and illiteracy, many heads of households in the community are unemployed resulting in children often missing school and lacking basic necessities to sustain them in life.