The month of August was very eventful for the NaDEET Centre team. For the first time ever, the Centre hosted three youth groups from the communities of Rietoog, Uibes and Gochas. The groups were a part of NaDEET’s EU-funded “RUG for Sustainability” project. The programme included activities from secondary and primary programmes, but also featured new activities focused on solar energy and community projects. At the Environmental Talent Show, the youth showcased their homemade recycled handicrafts. Some of our favourites included a Nama doll made of scrap material, a tree with pantyhose branches and plastic bag leaves, and a slingshot made of recycled rubber. We look forward to seeing the youth participants again when we return to the communities at the end of September.
We are honoured that our Director, Viktoria Keding, won the 2014 Windhoek Lager Conservation Ambassador Award. The award, which honours people who make a difference in their community, consists of a cash prize for both Viktoria and a charity of her choice (oh, it will be hard to figure out what she will choose!)
Thank you to all who supported and casted votes for Viktoria and congratulations to the Ambassadors in the six other categories (pictured above).
NaDEET teamed up with the Swakopmund Municipality to provide a workshop for representatives (aged 12-18) from 9 different Swakopmund area schools. The workshop was a part of the Municipality’s ongoing “Education for Sustainable Development” campaign made possible through its partnership with The City of Malmö, Sweden. The 90 minute lesson started off with an introduction to energy and the “ability to do work.” Learners were prompted to think about the different types of energy sources available to them, and how they relate to “Sustainable Energy 4 ALL,” the UN campaign to improve access, and support renewable and efficient technologies in developing countries. During the Exploring Light Bulbs experiment, a crowd favourite, learners compared the heat output of an incandescent, LED, and compact fluorescent bulb to measure efficiency. To hear feedback from the participants click here.