On the weekend of the 27th – 30th of June 2019, Agnes Tjirare (CITW Namibia Programme Coordinator) and Juliet Binda (CITW Namibia Programme Assistant) attended the Namibia Environmental Education Network Conference in Rundu, Kavango East Region of Namibia. The theme of the conference was “Promoting ‘Blue’ and ‘Green’ Economy Through Communication and Public Awareness”. The main purpose of attending the conference was to network and create new synergies with other organizations offering environmental education.
NEEN, promotes and supports the development of existing and new environmental projects and programmes; enhances environmental education through the dissemination of in-house and nationally produced resources; serves as a central access point for national environmental education information of past and present activities; links environmental education related efforts in Namibia with its SADC partners; initiates and coordinates environmental workshops, courses, seminars and conferences; and encourages monitoring, evaluation and research of environmental practices in Namibia.
Some of the topics discussed were;
- Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development in Namibian Schools.
- CITW Namibia’s Programme objectives and areas of involvement – presented by our very own Agnes Tjirare
- Environmental Education Outreach Programme on knowledge and attitude of learners towards cheetahs and other predator: by Elizabeth Pius- Cheetah Conservation Fund-CCF
- The role of the Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) in promoting the ‘blue’ and ‘green’ economy through public awareness – by Naemi Antonius, Martha Haukongo & Petrus Ekandajo: Giraffe Conservation Foundation-CCF
- The ECO-School Namibia Initiative-by Apollos Shakumu
- Environmental Awareness & Crime Prevention: Schools Advocacy Programme in Zambezi Region
The event was attended and open to Professionals from Environmental Education Centers, Institutions of Higher Learning, Museums, Aquariums, Art galleries, Environmental Media, as well as Researchers, Educators, Teachers, Government officials, Policy Makers involved with environmental awareness, Literacy Programmes, Curriculum development and subject advisors. Sponsors and Partners and other interested members of the community were present as well.