Nurturing environmental education

Teaching sustainable living practices
An environmentally conscious partnership will see some coastal schools becoming real oases in the Namib Desert.
Staff Reporter
Five schools received 55 trees donated by Deep Yellow Limited (DYL) and its subsidiary, Reptile Mineral Resources and Exploration (Pty) Ltd (RMR).

The chosen tree species include wild peach, water berry, olive, fig, granadilla, pomegranate, and Kei apples - all of which will soon thrive on the school premises, delivering long-term value to the communities involved.

The donation - with a combined value of N$31 359.94 - forms part of the Sustainable Environmental Education Programme (SEEP). Tanswell Rooinasie from Let's Do It Namibia (LDIN) manages the programme pioneered by the global initiative Let's Do It World (LDIW).

The primary objective of the SEEP Tree Plant Project is to inspire schools to establish diverse tree woodlots - enhancing nutrition and facilitating knowledge-sharing among students.

Supported by the ministry of education, arts, and culture, SEEP empowers students with knowledge of sustainable living practices and motivates them to integrate these principles into their daily routines.

RMR recognised the importance of this initiative and saw the planting of fruit and shade trees at schools in Swakopmund as a fitting contribution.

Namib High School, Namib Primary School, Pro-Ed Academy, Private School Swakopmund (PSS), and Westside High School are the schools that will all reap the benefits of the SEEP Tree Plant Project within the Green Schools Programme.

Environmental clubs within the schools will assume the responsibility of nurturing and cultivating the donated trees.