Unesco Green Citizens
Project begin: 10/01/2003

For Viktoria Keding, young people should learn about ecology through hands-on immersion. That’s why she and a group of local women set up the NaDEET education centre in the heart of one of the world’s oldest deserts.

Leading organisation: NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust)
The country where the team is based: Namibia
Theme: Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Environment, Knowledge sharing, Sustainable lifestyles
Tag: #Africa
Selection: 2020/2021
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Passionate about sharing the magic of the Namib Desert, 15 years ago, Viktoria Keding decided to set up an environmental education centre with a group of local women. Situated in the NamibRand natural reserve, the NaDEET centre is powered almost exclusively by solar energy and has a minimal carbon footprint.

Concrete approach to sustainable development  

NaDEET offers school children, teachers, parents and the entire community experiential, hands-on sustainable development programmes and visits, regardless of their revenues. To date, more than 200 schools have taken part in the programmes and the centre has welcomed more than 13,000 children and adults. More than 1,500 eco-products – including solar ovens and lamps – have been distributed, not to mention practical learning materials for teachers to bring ecology to life in the classroom.NaDEET has also launched a free magazine, The Bush Telegraph, to raise awareness and foster more sustainable behaviours, as well as numerous books and guides.

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