Reaching out to school children on the new SGDs through the UN4U Programme

27 October 2015 | UN FUN Days

The United Nations in Pretoria recently concluded a successful programme of educational outreach to nearly 900 students in ten schools around the country. The UN4U is a week-long programme commemorated by UN Information Centres globally, prior to UN Day on 24th October.

Winners of the UN4U quiz at Dan Kutumela High School in Bronkhorstspruit during the UN4U educational outreach on the 14 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Winners of the UN4U quiz at Dan Kutumela High School in Bronkhorstspruit during the UN4U educational outreach on the 14 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Staff members including senior officials speak at local schools to share their different information about their programmes as well as about the UN work in peace keeping, tackling climate change, women empowerment, poverty reduction and other aspects.

Group photo, UN4U participants at Mosupatsela Senior Secondary School, Kagiso Township, Johannesburg on the 14 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Group photo, UN4U participants at Mosupatsela Senior Secondary School, Kagiso Township, Johannesburg on the 14 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

This year, UN4U visited ten schools in Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga Provinces between October 12 and 16. Eight UN staff, including senior programme officers, project managers and heads of agencies gave presentations to students about what the UN does and what the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) actually mean to South Africa’s growth and development.

Vic Van Vuuren, Regional Director, International Labour Organization, Pretoria addressing students at Jethro Pelle High School, Lethlabile Township, Brits, North West Province during the UN4U campaign on the 15 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Vic Van Vuuren, Regional Director, International Labour Organization, Pretoria addressing students at Jethro Pelle High School, Lethlabile Township, Brits, North West Province during the UN4U campaign on the 15 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Discussions were engaging and interactive with a lot of questions from the enthusiastic students many who were keen on learning more about the role of the global body.

UN4U which began in 2009 has been an effective awareness campaign tool in reaching out to school children. During the UN talks, students are shown videos, photographs and other presentations about global issues in which the UN is involved. They are given the opportunity to ask questions and to role play as UN staff.

Sudeshan Reddy, Communication Specialist, UNICEF addressing students at Bokgoni High School, Atteridgeville Township in Pretoria  during the UN4U campaign on the 12 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Sudeshan Reddy, Communication Specialist, UNICEF addressing students at Bokgoni High School, Atteridgeville Township in Pretoria during the UN4U campaign on the 12 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Ziyanda Ngoma, Programme Analyst, UNFPA answering questions from students after the UN4U presentation at Lompec Secondary School, Mamelodi Township on the 16 October 2015.

Ziyanda Ngoma, Programme Analyst, UNFPA answering questions from students after the UN4U presentation at Lompec Secondary School, Mamelodi Township on the 16 October 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria