Namibia's NaDEET wins big

With so many projects and programmes focussing on sustainability challenges, one Namibian project has been recognised for their efforts.

22 October 2018 | Environment

We are proud to be part of the growing movement to reach these goals. Viktoria Keding, director of NaDEET

Yolanda Nel - The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) was recently announced as one of three winners of the UNESCO-Japan prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

NaDEET’s director Viktoria Keding, was thrilled about the win, saying the award brings global attention to the importance of quality education in reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “We are proud to be part of the growing movement to reach these goals,” she said.

NaDEET won the award for its centre on NamibRand, which provides hands-on environmental education for youth and community groups deep in the Namib Desert.

The other two prize winners were the Kalabia education programme in Indonesia and the Let’s do it Foundation in Estonia.

According to Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s assistant director-general for education, ESD transforms individuals and societies and empowers them in the face of global sustainability challenges, including climate change, migration and inequalities. “This prize was established to reward and spread ESD action worldwide,” she said during the prize-giving ceremony that took place in Paris earlier this month.

The ambassador and permanent delegate of Japan to UNESCO, Takio Yamada, said the adoption of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has made ESD even more important, not only as an integral part of the goal on education, but also as a key enabler for all the other SDGs.

“I sincerely hope that the exemplary activities of the three prize winners will further contribute to the worldwide promotion of ESD and will help realize a sustainable society on our planet.”

The winning programmes each won US$50 000 in prize money and will be invited to become key partners of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP), driving the GAP implementation forward in close collaboration with UNESCO.

This was the fourth year the competition was held and a call for nominations for the fifth edition will be launched in January next year.

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