Pretoria, 20 July 2018: “How are the SDGs going to lead to a better world for all?” This question was the focus of UNIC engagement with learners, students and the unemployed youth at Daspoort Secondary School Sports Grounds in Pretoria West during the Skills Development and Career Expo held on Friday, 20 July 2018. This event was organized by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and City of Tshwane Library in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Sanlam and other stakeholders.
UNIC attended the event at the invitation of LIASA and the City of Tshwane Library. The Career Expo attracted between 300 and 400 learners, the unemployed youth and students.
Visitors to the UNIC stand were introduced to the UN organization and SDG Agenda. They were also sensitized about how different careers were interconnected to SDGs and encouraged to make the right career choices to contribute to a more sustainable world where no one was left behind.
The UNIC Information Stand proved to be a great attraction. The Stand displayed a wide range of SDG posters and information materials that were of interest to attendees across the board. All the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) were disseminated to the audience in the form of posters, booklets, comics and brochures translated into local South African languages.
In addition to eagerly receiving the information materials, the UNIC librarian, Hope Kabamba, was asked questions on the connection of the SDG’s agenda to their career choices, job prospects in the UN system and the UNIC internship programme. There was also enormous interest on the work of the UN in South Africa in general. The UNIC librarian took time to interact with learners from different grades explaining to them what the United Nations is all about; how it operates, what are some of its programmes and what role it plays in their everyday lives.
Learners were curious to find out how they could contribute to achieving to the SDG’s. They were encouraged to work hard in their studies and advised to pursue careers paths of their interest with passion. It was pleasing and satisfying to note that the UNIC Stand was the most visited among all stands at this Career Expo.