Orano Mining Namibia supports environmental education

Otis Daniels
Orano Mining Namibia donated N$62 000 to the Urban Sustainability Centre of the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) based in Swakopmund.

The support of Orano Mining Namibia will enable 1000 school children to attend the week-long programme (during 2022 and 2023) at the centre which offers training in environmental education and sustainable development to school groups. The also donation supplements the contribution from the main sponsor Brot für die Welt, a German development organisation active in various projects in Namibia.

The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) is a non-profit, Namibian trust established in 2003. The aim of the organisation is to provide environmental education to Namibians, addressing relevant environmental issues through hands-on experiential training. At the core of NaDEET’s programmes is the NaDEET Centre located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Hardap Region. NaDEET’s environmental literacy and the Urban Sustainability Centre that was officially opened in Swakopmund in 2019 complements its activities by providing more focus on urban sustainability training.

Following a period of inactivity due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Urban Centre was able to fully commence its activities in 2022. The Ministry of Education supports the programme and assists by providing transport to schools in the Erongo Region to participate. The centre offers unique hands-on programmes aimed at various age groups. Participants learn first-hand about sustainable living, the importance of biodiversity and the balance between humans and the environment. Practical modules include nature in the city, exploring urban sustainable living (water, energy, waste and climate change) and understanding sustainable development through a practical investigation of Swakopmund.

Education is globally recognised as one of the enablers in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Namibia is a signatory to both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Education 2030 Agenda.

Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) are key focus areas for the Namibian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in line with the National EE/ESD Policy and the recently launched National EE/ESD Strategy and Action Plan.

The Orano Group is committed to contribute to carbon neutrality, calling it the world’s number one environmental challenge. In addition to being convinced of the role that nuclear energy can play in the energy transition to low-carbon electricity, since 2004 Orano has been running a program to reduce its own emissions with a view to contributing to the collective effort.

In Namibia, the Orano Trekkopje Project is still under care and maintenance. However, through the Erongo Desalination Plant, Orano Mining Namibia contributes to regional development through providing a safe and secure water source that is both sustainable and environmentally friendly.