On Monday 31 October NaDEET hosted a special evening celebration at their Centre to mark the end of the three year RUG for Sustainability action.
Representatives from the schools and communities of Rietoog, Uibes and Gochas, as well as the main donor, the European Union attended. Whilst we were thrilled to celebrate our achievements, it was also sad to say good bye to the people we have worked with so closely for three years. We hope they will keep NaDEET’s vision in their hearts and carry the torch that we have lit together into the future, thus ensuring a more sustainable planet for us all.
Spring time has arrived. Our Worm-cure Albizia is in full bloom in front of our office in the Namib Desert. NaDEET Centre said good bye to the first of another nine groups coming this trimester. The RUG team is in full action having brightened up the N. Mutschuana school yard with new picnic benches for their solar cooking area.
Temperatures were very low in the last two weeks, ‘felt like - 4 degree to me’ says our Technical Director but it was actually -2 degrees. This could be confirmed using the recently installed weather stations at two of the RUG schools (still to be installed at the 3rd school after school holidays). The principal of Edward Frederick PS said, “We will use the data collected daily and make it part of the Mathematics lesson as the learners struggle a lot with Maths”.
These weather stations, murals and new sustainability playgrounds add Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to the school yard. Check out our Facebook for more photos!
Viktoria Keding participated in the 2nd meeting of the Key Partners of the UNESCO Global Action Programme in Paris. Here the agenda is about upscaling and accelerating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) around the world. How can we ignite global action?
During the same week, Viktoria Endjala addressed an audience of 300 + teachers, inspectors and government officials in Namibia at the Onyaanya Circuit Teacher’s Conference. Her message was clear. To reach the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to make ESD a part of every classroom nationwide. Field trips to a place like NaDEET Centre, as a working model of sustainability, spurs responsible environmental behaviour.
Pictured with Martin Namutenya, Principal of the Okalumbu Combined School and co-organiser of the conference, Viktoria saw first-hand how one dedicated individual can spur a school, community and region to sustainability!
How are your sewing skills? Adult participants from the four community groups hosted at the Centre this past month tested their skills. Part of the programme requires participants to make their own solar cooker covers for the parabolic solar cookers they hope to get through our "learn to earn" programme. NaDEET likes to do things a bit different to get people to critically reflect on their lifestyles. This includes gender equality when it comes to traditional "household jobs" like sewing. If you want more ideas on "Sewing for Sustainability" download our European Union sponsored It's Time to be Efficient guide.
Schoolchildren from Martti Ahtisaari PS from Windhoek learned the importance of water saving at the Centre recently. They explored how the water cycle works through experiments such as trying to capture water through transpiration. With the on-going severe drought and overconsumption, Windhoek is facing a looming water shortage. These learners, sponsored by the Rotary Club Windhoek, will now hopefully spread the word of how to save water at home and at school. Watch the video here!