Pretoria, 7 February 2014 – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria organised a FUN Day for 40 grade 12 learners aged 16 to 18 at the Ruabohlale Secondary School in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on 7 February 2014.
The UNIC Librarian, Hope Kabamba, who was accompanied by the UNIC library intern, Emmaculate Asige, introduced the learners to the work of the United Nations as well as the different UN agencies, followed by a presentation on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The presentation paved the way for an interactive session with the learners, where MDGs one, two and six where identified as being priority goals to address in Shoshanguve by the students.
One learner commented,“The MDGs are to be taken more seriously. My sister is looking after my little brother at home because my parents are no longer there. I want to be a doctor one day so I can help people.”
Participating learners were handed UN branded materials such as lanyards, pencils, water bottles and information packages during the presentation.The FUN Day event ended with a quiz for the leaners who received FUN packs and information kits.
Shoshanguve, like other townships in South Africa, is hardest hit by the HIV pandemic. In addition to high levels of poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy many of the households in the community are child-headed,where children are also faced with the responsibilities of looking after their siblings, often missing school and lacking the basic necessities to sustain them in life.