Environmental education policy under review
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is conducting a three-day workshop to review policies on how to consolidate civic education and promote public discourse on environmental awareness.
The Environment Education for Sustainable Development Policy workshop is held in partnership with the Namibia Environmental Education Network and the Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia, in support of attaining the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking during the official opening here on Tuesday, Hanns Seidel Foundation Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Wolf Krug said Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) plays a key role in the education sector.
This, he said, lays a foundation to better understand the natural environment, how it functions and how it supports life on earth.
“One of the biggest challenges of ESD is to inspire a sense of responsibility towards the environment and imbed a willingness to take up one’s duties as environmental citizens,” said Krug.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation is a non-governmental organisation operating in over 60 countries worldwide. In Namibia, the organisation is committed to efforts that guide the youth to become critical thinkers who act on their values by conducting awareness raising, educational material generation, capacity development and public dialogue activities through the ‘Think Namibia Environmental Awareness Campaign’.
Speaking at the same occasion, Environmental Commissioner Teofilus Nghitila said the reviewed policies will create strategies on how to raise awareness on environmental protection and climate change adaptation, as well as mitigation.
“If we promote environmental education, Namibia will create a responsible society towards its environment that meets current needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” said Nghitila.
He emphasised that Namibia faces challenges such as poaching, land degradation, water scarcity and water pollution, amongst others.
“Addressing these challenges requires determination and deliberate actions which will meet sustainable goals both for people and the environment,” said Nghitila.