Less than two weeks after member States of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos commenced aggressive educational outreach programmes on the SDGs as it engaged over 2,500 students of The Refresher’s programme at Nurul Hudda Primary School, Tudun Wada Zaria, North-West Nigeria.
Partnering with Arewa Women and Youth Empowerment (AWAYE) Foundation, UNIC Lagos, armed with a large banner of the SDGs, interactively introduced to the students all the 17 goals. The students who by coincidence wore UN blue-coloured uniforms including the girls in hijab, and were very responsive and excited about learning.
Conducting the SDGs educational session, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja in introducing Goal 1: ‘No Poverty’, sought to know from the students their understanding of ‘poverty’, an exercise that generated a lot of interesting responses from the students.
With Hausa interpretation provided by the Executive Director of AWAYE Foundation, Hajiya Laila Muhammad, the UNIC Director carried the students along from Goal: 1 to 17 and at the end of the session, students were asked to name at least three of the goals and they, both boys and girls, did successfully.
Earlier, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, briefed the students on the United Nations its formation and purpose. He stressed that the UN is 70 years old and has since inception, been saving lives; and promoting global peace and development.
To test the students’ understanding of the UN following the address, Mr Soremekun asked them some UN-specific questions to which they excitedly provided answers.
The outreach in Zaria is the first time UNIC Lagos has organized such in the North-Western region of the country.