Students educated on the work of the UN

-“I learned stuff that I really never knew before…it was very informative”- Renee Amjad, Student

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, October 25, 2018

As part of the observance of ‘United Nations Day’ yesterday, the local office took the opportunity to educate students from schools across the country on the works of the organisation.

Students from a dozen schools met with UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Representative Mikiko Tanaka at the UNDP’s Head Office on Brickdam.

Tanaka said that most of the discussions centred around education, the reintegration of teenage mothers into the school system and the preparation of students for the world of work. She noted that the engagement with the students was fruitful as they were exposed to some of the social issues, such as poverty and domestic violence, through theatre.

“It was important through that exchange to understand that when you have a teenage mother you do not put the teenage mother in a separate place. It is about how the classroom itself will accept … So, I think it opened up their minds to some of these issues that probably are in their immediate environment,” Tanaka stated.

She further added that the discussions “stimulated several questions from the students and the teachers with regards to better understanding both social issues and the UN’s role in assisting the country. I hope that learning continues.”

Thirteen-year-old Shakalia Murray of Three Miles Secondary said that she enjoyed the programme.  “I learned stuff that I did not know before, for example, the programme that helps teenage mothers to get back into school; then there was the Food and Agriculture Organisation where they fight for zero hunger by 2030 if we work together.”

Renee Amjad, also of the Three Miles Secondary, described the programme as very detailed. The sixteen-year-old pointed out that she “learnt about stuff that I really never knew existed in Guyana before, so it was very informative… I learned about UNAIDS, UNICEF and the programme that UNICEF has implemented in Guyana with the schools.”

The United Nations was formed on October 24, 1945, following the end of World War Two. October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948 and in 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by member states as a public holiday.

Isaiah Braithwaite.

Images: Jameel Mohamed and Leon Leung.

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