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August 2016

ESD integrated in RUG schools

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!

July 2016

ESD for all- from Paris to Ondangwa

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!

May 2016

Sewing for 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.

March 2016

Learning to Save Water in the Namib

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!

February 2016

Passionate teachers share their ESD stories

NaDEET Centre hosted a group of 18 teachers from the Hardap Region to share ideas, experiences and strategies for implementing "Education for Sustainable Development" in schools. Teachers also were introduced to the new UN Sustainable Development Goals using fun, interactive activities such as "taxi talk games", role plays and the new Global Goals hit single from African artists. Sponsored by our EU-funded action, this programme gave our "RUG for Sustainability" teachers and opportunity to showcase their progress within the region.

 

December 2015

Weather & Climate

With impacts of climate change visible, understanding weather is crucial. Our recently updated weather station and new Climate Change Path at NaDEET Centre help teach children the importance of recording basic weather information.  You too can also see actual weather reports online thanks to our new digital weather station.  For this and more stories, please enjoy reading our latest newsletter.

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