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News Archive

June 2014

Explore4Knowledge declares ‘NaDEET an Educational Sanctuary’

‘So I have been considering different ways to try and share my experiences at NaDEET with you. To tell you the truth, putting pen to paper about this project simply uplifts my soul an excites me to the extent that I no longer know what to write so I will describe a few activities which I was able to participate in to you and hopefully through my descriptions, images and film you can understand the magic one experiences at NaDEET’. Read about John Lukas’ (founder of Explore 4 Knowledge) experiences at NaDEET. For more also visit their website Explore4Knowledge and Facebook page.

April 2014

Building sustainable living education and practices in communities

Teaching environmental education in a sustainable setting makes it easier for people to want to ‘follow suit’. But do they have the capability to do so when they are back home? NaDEET received another grant from the European Union to support an action ‘Building Sustainable Living Education and Practices in Communities through an Integrated School-centred Approach’ in three schools and their immediate communities in the Hardap Region. These are WJD Cloete JSS in Rietoog, N. Mutschuana PS in Gochas and Edward Frederick PS in Uibes. They will work closely with NaDEET to become leaders in their Region by integrating environmental learning and action taking at all ages to create  sustainable communities.  This project was officially launched on 26 March 2014 in Mariental.

March 2014

NaDEET Centre welcomes new staff and schoolchildren!

Principal Plaatjies returned to NaDEET for the third time with his schoolchildren. Coming from a very small remote school, a NaDEET Centre programme for these children is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We welcome our new Centre Manager Rosemarie and her assistants Martha and Rosina!

December 2013

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is a question that allIt's time to work cover young people are asked and often ask themselves. Providing career guidance is very important to help young people match their skills and interests with potential jobs. NaDEET’s latest booklet in our It’s Time to… sustainable living series is for secondary school and out-of-school youth. Entitled It’s Time to Work- A decision-making and career guide to technical and vocational training for a green economy it gives general career guidance and focuses on careers in the technical and vocational sector. Importantly it connects traditional jobs such as electrical or plumbing work with the sustainable development of the economy. It was sponsored by UNESCO under its theme “Greening TVET”.

NaDEET’s Director recently introduced the booklet at a UNESCO Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Regional Forum in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The booklet will be officially launched and distributed in Namibia early 2014.

November 2013

Heat, Dust & Dream – a song for NaDEET

Over the years, NaDEET’s supporters have found many different and creative ways to spread the word about NaDEET and its work.  When Anne Maree, an Australian volunteer returned home, she wrote and recorded a song for NaDEET with local Sydney band, inTransit.  Adding some photographs and video taken by a German GIZ volunteer, Nick Heinke and herself, inTransit presented us with a video to celebrate NaDEET’s 10th anniversary highlighting the people, the land and the mission to educate Namibian people to live sustainably.  The title, Heat, Dust and Dreams, was inspired by a book by Mary Rice and Craig Gibson published in 2001 which explores the people and environment of Namibia through the lens of inevitable change.  We’re not sure how many NGO’s have their own song but you can check it out NaDEET’s on youtube at http://youtu.be/8skZtv9DATs

November 2013

Solar cooking in the Kavango!

Thank you to NaDEET and the EU for giving people a chance to learn about using the sun that is given to us by God to cook our food and live in more sustainable way’. These were the remarks by the regional councillor of Ndiyana Constituency Hildegard Mungunda after attending the NaDEET workshop at Shinyungwe Youth Centre. Solar cooking was not a concept that people knew in the seven communities from Mile 20 to Divundu that NaDEET visited on our outreach trip to the Kavango East Region. With support from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the aim of the trip to introduce household sustainable living practices in this part of the country was fulfilled. Over 100 individuals in the Region now have access to solar cookers which hopefully makes life easier and more sustainable.

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