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News Archive

July 2012

Great success of NaDEET programme for secondary schools!

July has been “the month of the secondary schools” at NaDEET Centre! Thanks to the funding of NedBank Go Green three groups from Daweb JSS, Empelheim JSS and WJD Cloete had the chance to experience a week at NaDEET. Through interactive game-activities such as “The Environmental Problem Tree”, “Prioritize Your Pyramid”, “Shop Till You Drop” and “The G6 Challenge” the schoolchildren learnt about the causes of the environmental problems, their consequences and thought of the possible solutions to solve them. They then critically discussed about important social and global issues and tried to decide which one are more urgent and need to be faced first. Last but not least the participants prepared and enjoyed delicious solar-cooked meals!

June 2012

Solar cook and save N$10 - N$40 per week!

That’s what several Maltahöhe residents told NaDEET staff when we visited them in June.  NaDEET staff interviewed seven of the Maltahöhe Community Group members who had attended NaDEET Centre in November 2011 to find out how they were taking advantage of new technology and practices learned at NaDEET to improve their lifestyles. All of the participants we talked to told us they used their solar cookers at least once a week, but most said they use it every day when there is sunshine. 

We visited on a cold and cloudy day and almost every house we went to were actively using their fuel-efficient stoves. Participants told us they were saving between $10-$40pw buying less wood – the bigger the family, the greater the saving.

So the proof is in – you can save money and combat climate change – all at the same time!

June 2012

How special is the night sky at NaDEET?

Very special, so much so, that the night sky above NRNR and NaDEET has just been certified by the International Dark Sky Association as Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, only one of four IDSRs in the world!  To gain Gold Tier IDSR certification, NaDEET took a number of measures to reduce light pollution including the development of special light fittings made from recycled materials.

NaDEET staff show visitors the wonders of the night sky both by naked eye and through a telescope. The threat light pollution poses and how to prevent it are also discussed. See the Night Sky edition of the Bush Telegraph for more information.

May 2012

Holden, the Golden Mole

"Discover the greatest conservation story ever told"... is the slogan of the Namibia Tourism Board's Conservation DestinationHolden Mole Sweepstakes. NaDEET is one of four Namibian conservation organisations highlighted throughout the sweepstakes which will give away two grand prize trips (one for North Americans and one for Namibians). Learn more about Holden, the Golden Mole, our conservation ambassador and Namibian conservation at

April 2012

Zooming in on biodiversity

“Are there amphibians in the desert?” “ No!” shout the grade 7 schoolchildren.  “But I saw a frog!” said one boy!  This group of schoolchildren from Oanob PS had the opportunity to investigate the Namib’s unique animals thanks to a full sponsorship from Schwalm School, Germany. They saw the usual tok tokkie beetles, but also horned adders, a sand frog, white lady spider, dune gerbils and a sand snake eating a lizard.

March 2012

Schoolchildren from Windhoek and Rehoboth stream to NaDEET!

The year started off with one of our annually returning schools, St.George’s College followed by Rehoboth Primary School that comes to the Centre for the first time thanks to our EU grant. NaDEET’s booking calendar is full as we welcome back returning groups and look forward to many new ones.

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