UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information. The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. UNESCO’s overarching objectives are: oAttaining quality education for all and lifelong learning; oMobilising science knowledge and policy for sustainable development; oAddressing emerging social and ethical challenges; oFostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace; and oBuilding inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.
What we do and thematic
The UNESCO Office in Windhoek is a national office for Namibia that seeks to support the Republic of Namibia in achieving its own visions consistent with international agreements, declarations and conventions.In Education, UNESCO is committed to a holistic vision of quality education, the realisation of everyone’s right to education, and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development. Within the framework of the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education, UNESCO contributes to education reforms geared towards speeding up progress in achieving the Education for All Goals. At upstream level, UNESCO contributes to the development of education policies such as the Life Long Learning Policy, the Educator’s Policy and the revision of the Language Policy. Through the EDUCAIDS Programme, UNESCO provides learning and teaching support materials on HIV and AIDS and strengthening care and support systems to cater for the psychosocial needs of teachers and learners affected by HIV and AIDS. UNESCO prioritises Teacher education and Professional Development and supports the revitalisation of Vocational Education and Training. In Natural Sciences, UNESCO supports initiatives on policy development in areas such as Water Resources Management and the Science and Technology Innovation.
UNESCO works on capacity building especially within the framework of the International Hydrological Programme and the Man and the Biosphere Programme.In Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO supports initiatives geared towards the eradication of racism, discrimination and xenophobia in cities. Specific input is also provided in initiatives from the Government of Namibia to work towards Gender Equality especially women empowerment and on issues related to youth.In Culture, support is provided to Namibia in terms of ratification and implementation of the following conventions:oConvention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict with Regulations for the Execution of the Hague Convention (1954) and two protocolsoConvention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property Paris (1970) and UNIDROIT Convention (1995)oConvention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)oConvention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Paris (2001)oConvention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)oConvention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)The Conventions and their provisions serve as a platform for directing the joint Namibian and UNESCO efforts in reaching the developmental objective of mainstreaming culture in economic development policies and programmes for income generation and poverty alleviation. The most important aspect of this cooperation is the development of programmes and policies aimed at the sustainable use of heritage resources through concepts such as cultural tourism and creative industries and supported by tools such as cultural statistics. In Communicationand Information, UNESCO supports the development and governance of community media. Journalism education institutions are also assisted in localising their curriculum and build institutional capacities. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated each year. Tertiary institutions are also supported in developing and implementing Open Education Resources. UNESCO implements activities aimed at creating knowledge based economies and support the creation of community information centres in Namibia.
Dr. Jean- Pierre Ilboudo was appointed Head of Office of the UNESCO Windhoek Office and UNESCO Representative to Namibia and assumed his duties on 10 March 2015.Born in Bougouriba, south west of Burkina Faso, Dr. Ilboudo is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Social Communication) obtained in 1980, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Information and Sciences (1981), a Diplôme d’études approfondies (1982) and a PhD obtained in 1992 in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Bordeaux III.
Dr. Charmaine Villet, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UNAM talks about planned projects
Launch of the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report
(GMR) and the “Virtual Learning Community of Educators in
Windhoek, 23 April, 2015 – UNESCO Windhoek office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Faculty of Education, University of Namibia (UNAM), launched the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) ‘Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges’, and the ‘Virtual Learning Community of Educators in Namibia’, established in the framework of the UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust project in Namibia, on April 22, 2015 in Windhoek. The 2015 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report is an independent publication commissioned by UNESCO on behalf of the international community and has tracked progress on the six EFA goals for the past 15 years.Read More:
President Geingob launches revised Code of Ethics on WPFD
UNESCO Windhoek Office: More than one hundred invited guests from the media, civil-society organisations, government, diplomatic corps, universities and the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia convened in Windhoek to commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 10 May 2017.
UN System, MoEAC and ADS promote reading culture
In commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day, the United Nations System in Namibia, under the leadership of UNESCO and UNIC Windhoek, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture (MoEAC) and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS), jointly donated reading books to 160 learners at Havana Primary School on Friday, 21 April 2017.On the World Book and Copyright Day, the global community joins UNESCO in paying tribute to books and authors, encouraging every-one, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
Peer-Learning on inclusive cities in Southern Africa held in
UNESCO Windhoek Office: UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in collaboration with UNESCO Windhoek Office, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UNESCO Chair for Intermediary Cities and African Local Government Academy (ALGA) conducted a three-day training on Localising SDG 11 and Inclusive Urban Planning for city authorities in Southern Africa. The peer-learning event took place in Swakopmund from 17 to 19 May 2017.
UNESCO holds second Regional MIL ToT Workshop
UNESCO: The UNESCO Windhoek Office alongside the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) held the second regional Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop for the year 2017 in Ondangwa (Oshana Region) from 12 to 14 July.The Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning from the Oshana Region, Bernadette Mukulu officially opened the workshop, acknowledging the need for the MIL training to be a continuous learning process for teachers and librarians and expressed her delight that the workshop was taking place in the Oshana region.
Women on the Frontier of Science and Innovation in Africa
UNESCO: UNESCO Windhoek Office and UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) organized a high-level workshop on Gender Responsive Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy and Governance Strategy for Sustainable Development. The workshop took place on 19-21 July in Windhoek, Namibia.The main objective of the workshop was for stakeholders in STI and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to share ideas and best practices in order to recommend gender responsive strategies for engendering national and regional STI policy systems and governance strategies for inclusive growth and sustainable development at all levels.
UNESCO steps forward for quality education
The UNESCO-China Funds-in-trust (CFIT) project organised a workshop from 31 July to 01 August 2017 at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).Pedagogical innovation approaches and methods were unpacked, scrutinised and re-engineered in order to achieve continuous improvement of the education system in Namibia.Quality education is a priority and a requirement to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainable development. The interest in quality education had become one of the main focuses because the future of the African continent and Namibia in particular depends on the quality of instruction children and higher education students are receiving in institutions of learning.
UNESCO prepares for Africa Code Week
The company SAP (a German multinational software corporation) and the Cape Town Science Centre in partnership with UNESCO conducted a Train–The–Trainer workshop in computer coding for up to 200 school teachers in Namibia in preparation for Africa Code Week 2017 which ran from 18 to 25 October 2017.
Title: IT Technician
Post Level: Level 4
Location: Windhoek Office
Type of contract: Service Contract
Duration: 12 months (Renewable based on satisfactory performance)
Salary: Salary is calculated according to the UN salary scale for Locally
Deadline: 15 August 2018
The IT Technician will work under the authority of the Head of Office of
UNESCO Windhoek and the overall supervision of the Administrative
UNESCO signs a MoU with CRAN
Windhoek, 19 March 2018: UNESCO and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a close collaboration between the two organizations within the scope of their mandates.
UNESCO promotes protection and conservation of biospheres
April, Lesotho: Almost 30 Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme representatives, from 10 African countries, attended a four-day African Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) Sub-Regional kick-off meeting in Maseru, Lesotho aimed at discussing MAB challenges and opportunities in the region. The meeting, marking the commencement of the project, directed the construction of measures to strengthen regional participation in MAB and momentum for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNESCO commemorates World Press Freedom Day
Windhoek, 8 May: UNESCO Windhoek Office celebrated Word Press Freedom Day (WPFD) with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), the European Union (EU), academia and media professionals under the national theme “Sustainability of the Media in Namibia” on 8 May 2018 at Safari Court Hotel.