St Johns Convent School in Bronkhorstspruit hosted the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for a briefing on the UN on 27 October 2017,
The students were briefed about the work of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the “Together campaign”. The learners engaged UN staff in thought provoking discussions. It was apparent in the discussions that the learners had a fair understanding of international affairs. The following are some of the pertinent questions posed by learners:
- What measures will the UN take on US and Israel for them to withdraw from UNESCO as member states? Will this have any effect in the attaining of SDG goal 4 (quality education) in those countries?
- What career path should one pursue to be employed by the UN?
- What is the UN doing specifically towards the eradication of poverty in South Africa?
Students were interested to in getting involved in the work of the UN as part of their school activities as well as in their individual capacity. As they learnt more about the SDGs, they were curious about how SDGs could be incorporated into their daily lives in order to play their role in assisting Member States to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Students were quizzed about all the topics discussed during the event and were provided with UN information packs and stationary. Other Information packs on various UN topics were handed out to students and teachers. Various reading materials sourced from the Rotary Book Club were also donated to the school library. Students were encouraged to visit the UN websites, UNIC Pretoria Facebook and twitter pages for additional information and for communication purposes. An invitation was also extended to students to visit the UNIC Library in Pretoria.
Toward the end of the event the principal of the School, Sister Mavis Chibwe and the Life orientation teacher Ms. Mum Siringo thanked the UNIC team for visiting the school and extended an invitation to visit the school again to engage learners on other topics of interest.
The event concluded with learners volunteering to support the “Together campaign” by creating awareness and promoting respect, safety and dignity among themselves.
St John’s Convert School has developed a reputation for attracting learners from all over Africa including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, DRC Congo, Angola and Mozambique.