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The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) is a non-profit, Namibian trust established in 2003. It is located 100 km south of Sesriem/Soussusvlei on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. NaDEET believes environmental education must not only increase awareness and knowledge but also eco-friendly attitudes and skills in Namibia's youth and educators to promote participation.


To provide environmental education for Namibian children and educators, regardless of income, by

  • Addressing relevant environmental issues through hands-on, experimental learning.
  • Supporting the Namibian school curricula in a practical, learner-centred way.
  • Providing them with the opportunity of experiencing their country's namesake - the Namib Desert - first hand, thus creating a sense of respect and responsibility for their natural environment.

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Namibia's vision 2030 and the United Nations' Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN - DESD) 2005 - 2014, now provide a strong framework for local action, such as NaDEET’s Projects:

  • Environmental Education at NaDEET Centre - Three to five day hands-on, experiential, environmental education programmes for Namibian youth, grades three to twelve. Learners participate in many activities such as solar cooking, recycling paper and learning about the plants and animals in the desert first-hand.
  • Environmental Literacy Projects - The main NaDEET literacy project is a youth mini-magazine available at no cost to all learners, educators and interested citizens in Namibia, called the Bush Telegraph. Over 7 500 learners and educators are currently subscribed. It aims to increase knowledge of and improve attitudes towards our environment through reading.
  • Capacity Building and Tertiary Level Support - Training of Namibian environmental educators at the Centre, as well as hosting of tertiary level Namibian students over a period of six months for practical, hands-on experience in outdoor teaching, programme planning, Centre logistics and activity development.

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Some of the 24 young Namibians from eight regions of the country at the Desert Environmental Education Trust Centre (NaDEET) centre in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. July 2019 Photo credit: the namibian

  • August 2019: The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) at its center in the NamibRand Nature Reserve this year hosted 24 young Namibians from eight regions of the country to embrace environmental sustainability. The objective of the workshop was to transfer practical knowledge of solar cooking and sustainable living through experimental methods More information...

NaDEET held a celebration at the close of their three year sustainability project. - Photo credit: NaDEET

  • December 2016: Sustainability project comes to a close in Nambia - NaDEET held a celebration closing their three year sustainability project at the end of October. Participants in the program came from the communities of Rietoog, Uibes and Gochas. The project provided training in many aspects of sustainable living, with solar cooking an important component of their comprehensive approach. More information...
  • April 2016: Rural school promotes solar energy - The Namibian
  • January 2016: NADEET reports that in 2015 it distributed 122 solar cookers and served 200,000 solar-cooked meals.
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  • November 2013: Informal survey leads to new directions - Project leaders surveyed young workshop participants and community leaders regarding their satisfaction with solar cooking. Overall, both urban and rural based learners viewed solar cooking positively despite perceived disadvantages around slower cooking times amongst urban users and the financial ability to acquire cookers for rural users. Both groups showed a good understanding of the benefits to the environment.
  • September 2013: To increase ownership of alternative energy equipment in rural communities in southern Namibia, the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) has this year invited representatives from the Rietoog, Aranos and Maltahöhe communities as well as students from the Agricultural Training Centre in Krumhuk to attend the NaDEET environmental education program. Sixty-eight participants earned solar cookers through NaDEET’s voucher testing system. This year one hundred parabolic solar cookers have been distributed to communities.

Young NaDEET students learning to use a parabolic solar cooker.

  • February 2013: More from Nailoke’s Solar House - Nailoke Niingungo summarizes the approach of the organization, NaDEET, used for solar cooking promotion in Namibia. Morning meals are cooking over Fuel-efficient woodstoves and meals later in the day are prepared with solar cookers. Hay baskets are primarily used for keeping food warm until dinner is served. Beside instruction in using solar cookers, workshop participants are trained in their construction as well. They are also shown how to make recycled paper firebricks for use in the Rocket stoves. Moreover, program attendees receive vouchers for purchasing solar cookers at a reduced price if they show they have successfully completed the training program.
  • November 2011: NaDEET reports that since they began teaching solar cooking in Namibia in 2003, they have taught over 5000 people.
  • September 2011: The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit Namibian trust geared towards protecting Namibia’s natural environment through educating citizens how to live sustainably, has to date donated about 70 solar cookers to almost 150 people in the South. In 2010 NaDEET expanded its youth orientated programmes to include adults, in order to expand knowledge about solar cooking and related issues, such as climate change. A survey done prior to the training found that 57 per cent of the adults did not know about climate change. Viktoria Keding, director of NaDEET, explained there is a misperception that children are the primary target, whereas adults are just as eager to learn and adapt, especially when the benefits are clear. Read more...
  • April 2011: Jon Maravelias of the NGO, NaDEET, traveled to five communities in Namibia to evaluate results of previous solar cooking workshops conducted by the organization. The areas are mostly rural and poor. He reports; In general, it seemed that the poorer you were, the more you relied on solar cooking since it meant you did not need to collect firewood for the day. He visited several women who use the solar cooker and fuel-efficient stoves to heat their bath water and to cook all of their meals. The most successful communities were the ones with a traditional power structure. Both the communities of Maltahohe and Bethanien were under the leadership of two elder women. NaDEET also has been active in planting new trees in this mostly barren area. Read more...
  • July 2010: Students learn how to cook on solar. The final 20 students from a group of 60 received their certificates last week for successfully completing a training course on the use of alternative energy to help rural communities create conditions for sustainable living in Namibia. The project is possible through NaDEET, an NGO funded from the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility.


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P.O. Box 31017
Pioneerspark - Windhoek

Tel: +264 (0)63-693 012
Fax: +264 (0)63-693 013

Twitter: @NaDEET1

Trust Certificate No.: T168/2003