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Youth receive training on sustainability.

Fifteen youth officers and coordinators from the environmental education unit at the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture participated in a week long sustainable living programme at NaDEET Centre from 21 to 25 May.

"I have been trying to bring youth officers responsible for environmental education to NaDEET Centre for many years and am now pleased that it has finally materialised," said Siegfriedth Bandu, coordinator of the Directorate of Youth: Environmental Education.

He added that this opportunity has given youth officers skills in better addressing environmental needs of young people. NaDEET Centre is based on the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Hardap Region. For the past nine years, it has been offering week-long environmental education programmes to schoolchildren, youth and adults. Programmes focus on how Namibians can live a more sustainable lifestyle to improve their own livelihoods and protect our natural resources. With over 6000 participants, the programme has proven to be a leader in the field in southern Africa due to NaDEET's "we practice what we teach" approach.

Youth officers participated in a "training of trainers" programme to enable them to improve the quality and content of the environmental education activities they offer to youth nation-wide. It covered current environmental problems and solutions, educational methods, activity and programme development and support material development. For centre-based staff it included a session on "greening" youth centres through infusing sustainable living practices in all aspects of the centre.

In order to improve the ability of the youth officers to implement what they have learned in their workplaces with youth, NaDEET secured sponsorship from the Dutchbased COV fund to provide free-of-charge appropriate sustainable energy technology to the group. This included 10 parabolic solar cookers and fifteen fuel-efficient stoves.

This training opportunity was made possible by funding from the European Union through a grant to empower Namibian communities to improve their living conditions.
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Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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