The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) is a non-profit, Namibian trust established in 2003. It is located 100 km south of Sesriem/Sossusvlei on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. NaDEET believes environmental education must not only increase awareness and knowledge but also eco-friendly attitudes and skills in Namibia's youth and educators to promote participation.
To provide environmental education for Namibians, regardless of income, by:
addressing relevant environmental issues through hands-on, experiential learning.
supporting the Namibian school curricula in a practical, learner-centred way.
providing the opportunity of experiencing the county's namesake - the Namib Desert - first hand, thus creating a sense of respect and responsibility for their natural environment.
Environmental Education at NaDEET Cen tre
We offer three to five day hands-on, experiential, environmental education programmes for Namibians. Most of our programmes are attended by primary school children. However we also offer courses to secondary schools, out-of-school youth, educators and community members.
Environmental Literacy Projects
The main NaDEET literacy project is a youth magazine available at no cost to all learners, educators and interested citizens in Namibia, called the Bush Telegraph. Approximately 15,000 learners and educators are currently subscribed. It aims to increase knowledge of and improve attitudes towards our environment through reading. This project is complemented by our new "It's Time to ..." activity book and guide book series.
Since 2004, we have been hosting nature conservation students from the Polytechnic of Namibia for a period of four to six months for practical, hands-on experience in outdoor teaching, programme planning, Centre logistics and activity development. This programme has been very successful in improving local capacity to teach environmental education. Several of our past interns are now working for the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism in the environmental education department. Visit our Student Inter nships page to learn more.