As part of efforts to strengthen its activities in Northern Nigeria, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has continued to engage with students in the region through educational outreach activities.
In one of such activities held at the Junior Secondary School, Garki, Abuja, during the week, the National Information Officer of UNIC, Oluseyi Soremekun, noted that one of the aims and purpose of the UN is working together to improve living conditions of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms.
Explaining the symbolic meaning of the United Nations Emblem to the students, Soremekun said the UN emblem shows the world held in the “olive branches of peace”. ‘This is one of the reasons why the United Nations encourages dialogue amongst tribes and nations and promotes peace all over the world.’ He added, ‘students should be advocates of peace everywhere, all the time.’
The programme was in partnership with the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM-UNESCO), a Commission under the Federal Ministry of Education and an NGO, Youth for Transparency International. In his presentation, the representative of the NATCOM-UNESCO, Mr Pius Onyedinefu urged the students to join the UNESCO Club which would be established in the school very soon Which according to him, would enhance their educational development.
At the end of the programme, the National Information Officer presented some UN publications including the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), African Renewal magazines, and some Posters of International Days, to the school library.