Category Archives: Educational Outreach

If you believe, you’ll achieve – Soremekun tells Crawford University students

Crawford University students visit - Seyi speaksThe National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun has urged the students of Crawford University Igbesa, Ogun State, to believe in their abilities as they seek academic excellence and gainful employment afterwards.

He said this during an interactive session with the International Relations and Political Science students of Crawford University who on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, were on educational visit to the United Nations (UN) office in Lagos. Answering questions on career in the UN, the National Information Officer affirmed that the United Nations is an organization of equal opportunities and open to all. However, Mr Soremekun charged them to concentrate on their studies; prepare well for any future interview opportunities and believe in themselves. ‘If you believe, then you achieve’, he added.

Crawford University students visit - Cross-section of participantsEarlier in his presentation on ‘The United Nations, Global Realities and Global Goals’, he explained the response of the United Nations and member States to global quest for development when in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals with a 15-year life cycle were adopted.

Crawford University students visit - Seyi addresses the students 1Having taken stock of the achievements and short-comings of the MDGs towards the end of its cycle in 2015, he continued, there was a wide consultations with UN member States, the private sector and the Civil Society to build on the achievements of the MDGs and address areas that left much to be done. The outcome he explained to the students was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted and signed off by 193 countries in September 2015.Crawford University students visit - Seyi presents UN Charter and SDG Year Planner

Many of the students who answered questions on the presentation correctly were given copies of the United Nations Charter’ and the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)’.

Crawford University students visit - Group photoThe faculty was presented with copies of the Charter and the UDHR as well as the UNIC Lagos SDGs Year Planner.

UN works for you – Students told

Seyi distributes a UN-published comic magazine on the Rwanda GenocideStudents of Attwool Schools Lagos have been told that the United Nations (UN) works for them and other peoples of the world. ‘The UN works to improve living conditions of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms’, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun has told the students.

Cross-section of studentsMaking a presentation on ‘UN for School children’, Soremekun explained to the students, who were on excursion to the Centre, that through its specialised agencies, the UN deals with all kinds of issues, ranging from keeping the peace, fighting poverty to caring for our planet and making sure everyone is safe.

Group pixHe enjoined the students to be obedient and thankful to their parents for giving them education to brighten and secure their future. ‘Many school-age children’, he continued, ‘were without education and on the streets as they had to work to support their parents.’ The National Information Officer reminded the students that the UN condemns child labour and advocates for the right to education.

Cross-section of students 1Speaking further on tolerance and rights of every child, Soremekun observed, ’When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.’

He added that every child has the right to a name and a nationality; Protection from violence; Education and Freedom of thought.

The students, numbering twenty were accompanied by two teachers.

UN@70 dominates discussion at school outreach

A group picture after the UN4U/UN@70 session

A group picture after the UN4U/UN@70 session

As the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos continued its educational outreach activities, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) tagged ‘UN@70’ has remained the dominant point of discussion with students in both Primary and Secondary schools in Nigeria.

Interacting with the students of Intesida Schools, Alagbado Lagos, during an outreach session in the school, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that the UN was created ‘to save succeeding generations from war, protect human rights, establish conditions for justice, help stabilize international relations, give peace a more secure foundation, help the less developed countries, promote social progress and better standards of life.’

Soremekun presents copies of UN publications to Mrs Atinuke Bankole, Proprietress of Intesida Schools

Soremekun presents copies of UN publications to Mrs Atinuke Bankole, Proprietress of Intesida Schools

Soremekun stated that the UN ‘provides food to 90 million people in 80 countries; vaccinates 58 per cent of the world’s children, saving 3 million lives a year; assists over 38.7 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution; works with 193 countries to combat climate change and make development sustainable as well as keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents.

He added that the UN also fights poverty, helping improve the health and well-being of 420 million rural poor; and promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 39 million women a year.

A cross-section of students

A cross-section of students

Answering a question on why the UN leaves out men and prioritizes women and children during conflicts and crises, the National Information Officer explained that in a situation of conflicts and crises, women and children were the most vulnerable and always the victims while most conflicts were led and initiated by men.Seyi speaks - cross section

Receiving some UN publications from the National Information Officer, the Proprietress of the school, Mrs Atinuke Bankole, acknowledged that the briefing session was very educational, informative and beneficial to the students and teachers in attendance.

 

 

UNIC intensifies outreach activities, urges students to shun discrimination against girls

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has continued to intensify its educational outreach activities outside Lagos when it visited three schools: a University and two High Schools in Ibadan, Oyo State, South-West Nigeria, reaching over 250 students and teachers.

Students of the University of Ibadan

Students of the University of Ibadan


Engaging with the students of the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan; as well as Crystal International Academy and Boladayo College, in separate sessions, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, highlighted the history, purpose and the works of the United Nations as well as the activities of the UN Information Centres.
National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun at Boladayo College, Ibadan

National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun at Boladayo College, Ibadan


In promoting elimination of violence against women and girls in line with the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls, Soremekun urged the students to shun all forms of discrimination against the girl child. He underscored the need to stop gender-based stereotypes that are disadvantageous to women and girls in comparison to the male gender.
UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun at Crystal International Academy, Ibadan.

UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun at Crystal International Academy, Ibadan.


“Stop violence against women! Stop inflicting pains on women and girls. Prevention is possible and essential” he added.
United Nations publications such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2014; the Basic Facts about the UN 2014; the UN Charter; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (English and translated copies in Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages); the Freedom of Information Act; and Africa Renewal magazine, were presented to the management of the schools.
Oluseyi Soremekun addresses students of the University of Ibadan

Oluseyi Soremekun addresses students of the University of Ibadan

Protect your right to education – UNIC tells students

Scholars of Tender Years Preparatory School, Abuja, North-Central Nigeria, have been charged to protect and hold on tight to their right to education by studying hard and rewarding their parents’ efforts with excellent grades and good behaviours. ???????????????????????????????
The National Information Officer of the United National Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun gave this charge during an outreach activity which coincided with the school’s cultural day that required students to dress up in their cultural attires.
Speaking on ‘Human Rights’ during his presentation on the ‘United Nations for School Children’, Oluseyi explained that ‘every child has the right to a name and a nationality; Protection from violence; Education; and Freedom of thought. He harped on the right to education and the need for the students to protect that right by ensuring that they do not drop out of school due to poor grades or bad behaviours.???????????????????????????????
‘Education is the greatest legacy a parent can bequeath to a child’, he added, ‘Through dedication to studies and good conduct, you can become the President, the Secretary General or rise to any exalted position in the society.’???????????????????????????????
The students who displayed a modest awareness of their environment, asked questions concerning the UN peace keeping operations around the world as well as the efforts of UN in addressing the Boko Haram challenges in Nigeria.Disseminating information about the UN.jpg 1
UN publications were later presented to the Head of School, Mr Vincent Eyituoyo, for the school library.