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Research and Publications about NaDEET

Title: An evaluation of impacts of past participants’ behaviour pertaining to waste management and water conservation aspects taught at NaDEET Centre.
Author: Lovisa Katanga & Theofilia Ndahalele, 2019 (Bachelor of Natural Resources Management – Namibia University of Science and Technology, NUST)
Summary of findings: As a follow-up of Tuwilika’s (2018) study, this research was conducted by two students who individualy focused on the water and waste aspects. The research found that participants have retained the knowledge and skills after attending the NaDEET programme regarding water conservation and waste management.


Title:  Assessing knowledge of upper primary school learners at NaDEET about conservation and protected areas in Namibia focusing on NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Author: Paula Riehm 2018 (Bachelor of Natural Resources Management - Namibia University of Science and Technology)
Summary of findings:  The aim of the research was to assess the knowledge gained by learners participating in the NaDEET programme about conservation and protected areas, especially regarding NamibRand Nature Reserve.  The results indicate that there is a significant difference in the knowledge of the learners about the desert which increased by 30%. There was however no significant difference in the general knowledge of the learners about nature and protected areas.  


Title: Aspects of Sustainability Learned at NaDEET Centre that is Most Applicable to the Lives of the Learners Visiting the Centre, Looking at Energy, Water and Waste
Author: Tuwilika Shihepo 2018 (Bachelor of Natural Resource Management – Namibia University of Science and Technology)
Summary of findings:  The study has revealed that before visiting NaDEET Centre, most of the participants were not aware of the three aspects of sustainability; energy, waste and water. The gender, age and the school where participants are from had an influence on the way in which participants’ awareness levels. Older participants who either visited NaDEET before or whose schools practice sustainability, such as recycling, showed more awareness.


Title: Exploring NaDEET Centre’s Community Environmental Education Programme:  A Namibian Case Study of Sustainable Living and Solar Cooking
Author: Viktoria Keding 2016 (MSc in Sustainable Development - University of London)
Summary of findings: The study concluded that adult environmental education is valuable in addressing sustainable developments in Namibia and that through residential programmes approach, adults are immersed in a new, enabling environment for learning and teaching. This study highlights the importance of capturing the attention of adult learners and supports NaDEET’s philosophy of “we practice what we teach” as an effective approach.


Title: Evaluating Environmental Education in Namibia
Author: Carina Holtwerth 2014
Summary of findings: Holtwerth conducted a case study evaluation of the impact of the NaDEET Centre programme on three schools in early 2014. One of the main conclusions of the study highlights the importance of adapting the programme to address the varying living conditions of the participants.

Title: Evaluation-Environmental Education to Empower Namibian Communities to Improve their Living Conditions
Author: Ashby Associates cc 2013
Summary of findings: Ashby Associates cc conducted this external, end-of-project evaluation of NaDEET’s three year European Union-funded programme: “Environmental Education to Empower Namibian Communities to Improve their Living Conditions”.  The main purpose of the evaluation is to track the impact of the programme on individuals, families and communities and progress in its six results areas.  It also provides recommendations and areas for improvement.


Title: NaDEET Centre Tour Survey Report
Author: Naike Marengo 2012
Summary of findings: This study analyzed the outcomes of informational tours given by NaDEET staff to tourists visiting the NamibRand Nature Reserve. It outlines the most successful fundraising tactics and provides recommendations for future tours and fundraising efforts.


Title: Press Release- Community Members Embrace Solar Cooking in the South
Author: Jon Maravelias 2011
Summary of findings: In 2011, NaDEET staff members conducted an evaluation using surveys and interviews in order to determine the success of implementing a sustainable lifestyle amongst rural Namibians in the South. The study found that solar cooking technologies helped foster team-work and improve life in low-income communities.


Title: Effective EE for All: An ELL Curriculum Designed for the Namib Desert
Author: Alanna Pardee 2010 (Masters in Global and International Studies-University of California at Santa Barbara)
Summary of findings: Survey findings concluded that there was a gap between Upper Primary students’ and English Language Learners’ (ELLs) absorption of class material and sustainability concepts. Recommendations are made for curriculum which meets the needs of all ELL groups.


Title: Charity’s Best Kept Secret: Fiscal Sponsorships and the Future of American Philanthropy Abroad
Author: Benjamin B. Burghart 2010 (Masters in Global and International Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara)
Summary of findings: As a result of attempting to fundraise internationally for NaDEET, this study looks at fiscal sponsorships as a means of appealing to the American philanthropic base.


Title: Program Statement Memo: Environmental Education at NaDEET Centre
Author: Sarah Bittenbender 2009
Summary of findings: The purpose of this memo is to describe Environmental Education at NaDEET Center. The memo reports on a “Logic Model” exercise which outlines some of the challenges facing the organization as it strives to meet its goals.  


Title: Sustainable Living and Learning at NaDEET Centre
Author: Viktoria Keding 2007
Summary of findings: This paper serves to explore the NaDEET Centre’s successes and failures to date.

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