This week, the United Nations visited the Mosupatsela Secondary School in Krugersdorp, northwest of Johannesburg to give a talk to students about the role and work of the UN in South Africa. The visit was part of the UN4U, a week-long programme commemorated prior to UN Day on October 24.
Health Promotion Officer at the World Health Organization in Pretoria, Eugene Mahlehla gave a presentation to more than 40 History students aged between 16-18 years. He explained the mandate of the UN, its structures and targets in South Africa. He also spoke about South Africa’s contribution to UN peacekeeping missions in other African countries. Lastly, Eugene Mahlehla explained the importance of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the recent adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda’s new Strategic Development Goals, SDGs.
At the event, one of the students, Precious said that her wish was to part of the United Nations and be an advocate in promoting the SDGs) to make South Africa a better place.
After a brief question and answer session, Eugene spoke about World Health Organisation’s success stories in South Africa since its establishment in 7 April 1948, ranging from eradication of malaria in Limpopo province, post evaluation of Human Paploma virus (HPV) that affects women and massive campaigns against drugs and alcohol abuse The students took part in a quiz which stirred up excitement and participation as prizes were given away by Gracious Mandiyanike, Library intern at United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
The UN Team ended the day well with a word of encouragement to leaners on how best they can get involved and that the future of the UN lay in their hands.