The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos has continued to be the choice destination for school excursions. In recent months, the Centre has hosted students from both secondary schools as well as the universities. Tuesday, 21st of June 2016, was another day to receive High school students and engage them on issues pertaining to the United Nations mandate. It was the day, Corona Secondary Schools, Agbara Ogun State, came visiting to learn more about the United Nations.
They were treated to three presentations: ‘UN for School children’; ‘UNIC Lagos’ and the Sustainable Development Goals which was followed by an exciting interactive session.
Responding to the students’ questions, the Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, explained the transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and added that the goals were not UN’s but global goals with a 15-year life cycle.
On peace and security, he enjoined the students to disregard the misconception that ‘there cannot be peace without a fight’. He said that if everyone first sought peace, there would not be any reason to fight before seeking peace. Mr Soremekun urged them to watch each other’s back and shun violent acts.
Presenting the United Nations history, purpose and organs earlier, Ms Chika Ike, an intern at the United Nations Information Centre, stressed that the UN was formed to prevent future war by promoting global peace and security; develop friendly relations among nations; and work 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.
In his presentation on UNIC Lagos, Mr Tosin Adebayo, also an intern with the Centre, explained to the students that UNIC Lagos, formed in 1967, had a number of regular activities which included school outreach, media outreach, observance of International Days, engagement with NGOs and the academia.
Two video clips on SDGs were screened to the admiration and applause of the students numbering 19 and two teachers.