The United Nations Information Office (UNO) in Uzbekistan, along with other UN Agencies, held a joint event devoted to the United Nations 66th anniversary celebrations, at the Tashkent International School, (TIS) as part of its UN day celebrations.
The event, which brought together TIS students, their parents and teachers, and the personnel of diplomatic missions in Tashkent, included a presentation regarding the United Nation’s (UN) activities around the world and in Uzbekistan.
On the day of the event, each room contain an exhibit of a country, with people in bright national dress, information regarding each country’s unique culture and traditions, posters and graphics of national sites and monuments, delicious national food and entertaining games, dances and songs.
One room drew the attention of visitors in particular. This room was devoted to the UN and provided its interested visitors with detail information regarding the international organisation and its global activities. The exhibition contained up-to-date UN publications, in addition to short movies featuring the most interesting projects conducted by the UNO.
Ambartsumyan Batien, a participant who visited the UN room, was particularly impressed. “When I entered the room, I was instantly surrounded by a free atmosphere and the amicability of UN staff. I could get detailed and easily accessible information regarding the UN activities in Uzbekistan. What I liked most of all is that the UN staff were predisposed to communicate. I wanted to participate in Model UN Conference, and so the UN staff readily provided me with social media contacts and telephone numbers. Now I can directly communicate with them and join a conference.”
The event included a quiz ‘How well do you know the UN?’ Knowledgeable students were awarded with special presents. In addition, children and their parents played a game with UNICEF staff. This game seemed both interesting and cognitive, meaning children could learn information about UNICEF activities while playing.
“UN Day is one of the year’s most important highlights,” says Savita Varde-Naqvi, the UNICEF Chief of Communications. “That is because normally we talk a lot about the United Nations. However, the UN day offers a person a unique opportunity to get acquainted personally with the UN’s agencies and projects, to meet the people who truly care about the UN and the people for whom the organisation cares. In this regard, the motto ‘UN – it’s your world’ is fully justified.”
“It was my pleasure today to talk to pupils of this international school. I found out a lot about their attitude towards studying. In some countries children cannot go to school, and that is why I liked that the children in Uzbekistan understand and value this possibility.”
Overall, the presentation at TIS summed up a whole array of events dedicated to this year’s UN day celebrations.