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New regional centre set to drive renewable energy efforts

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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ... Seen here is Eric Molale, Botswana's minister for mineral resources, green technology and energy security (seated) with delegates including Namibia's mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo during the signing of the inter-governmental memorandum of agreement (IGMoA) at the SACREEE launch.

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Youth embrace sustainable energy

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The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) through its Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) project in partnership with the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) and National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC) recently held a solar cooking and sustainable living workshop. The workshop took place at the NaDEET Centre in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Namib Desert. Read more here: https://zone.my.na/news/youth-embrace-sustainable-energy-2018-09-11/

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Solar cooking impresses workshop participants

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The objective of the workshop was to transfer practical knowledge of solar cooking and sustainable living through experimental methods. Read more here: https://www.namibian.com.na/71047/read/Solar-cooking-impresses-workshop-participants

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Learning how to cook on solar in five days

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Solar Cooking and Sustainable Living Workshop. "During the week, one of the most important lessons was that a lot of things can be reused, instead of throwing them away. With an old drum, big nails, wire and pliers, one can build a fuel-efficient stove, that can replace cooking on open fires. With a bucket, a tap, a shower rose and some rope, one can build a bucket shower. And with waste paper, one can make fireballs to replace coal and wood." Read more here: https://allafrica.com/stories/201808220399.html

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Lights on at two Ohangwena Combined Schools through HSF’s PREN PROJECT

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Ohangwena Region, 19 June 2018: While there are still 71 schools unelectrified in the Ohangwena region, pupils and teachers of the Omuuni and the Ondjabayonghalu Combined Schools have good reason to smile after having been equipped with a 3kW Solar PV Systems. Through the Promoting Renewable Energy in Namibia (PREN) Project of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia two systems were handed over. The Special Adivsor to the Ohangwena Governor, retired Major-General Peter Nambundunga, as well as the German Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Christian M. Schlaga, as well as other dignitaries inaugurated the systems on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, a few kilometres shy of the Namibian-Angolan border.

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The PREN Project Participates In Namibian Women’s Association Workshop For The Namibian Children’s Movement

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

The Promoting Renewable Energies in Namibia (PREN) Project participated in a two-day workshop hosted by the Namibian Women Association's (NAWA) Children’s Movement on the 28th & 29th April 2018 at Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Windhoek. 

Under the theme ‘We shall change the world’, the workshop was attended by learners from local schools in Windhoek as well as from other parts of the country.  Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about the environment, climate change and leadership. 

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Energy Access For Rural Healthcare Facilities

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

Access to electricity is critical to health care delivery and to the overarching goal of universal health coverage. However, the availability of electricity to support proper health services is less than adequate in many countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) studying over 4000 clinics and hospitals, about one in four health facilities has had an unreliable electricity supply.  

Clinics, maternity wards, operating rooms, medical warehouses and laboratories rely on electricity to power lights, refrigerate vaccines and operate life saving medical devices. The inability to carry out these basic functions puts lives at risk.  Traditionally, diesel generators have powered off-grid facilities and also served as back-up power source in the grid connected healthcare facilities but these struggle with both high fuel cost and unreliable fuel delivery. 

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The News This Week

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Environmental  Sustainability  Champion Of The Month (August)

We profile an individual or organisation every month making great strides for environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation or sustainable development in Namibia. 

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Internship Opportunities

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 There are currently no internship opportunities. For the latest updates follow the ThinkNamibia Environmental Awareness Campaign on Facebook. 

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Education For Sustainable Development In My Mother Tongue

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

t is in early childhood that children often experience the greatest environmental challenges, and this is time the foundations of many of their fundamental attitudes and values are first put into place. Also, through research and experience, we know that even very young children are capable of sophisticated thinking in relation to socioenvironmental issues. Therefore, the earlier Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) ideas are introduced the greater their impact and influence can be. 

 

The launch of the ‘It’s Time to Grow’ educational materials for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by the Namibian Desert Environment Education Trust (NaDEET) in partnership with the UNESCO 

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