Rössing Uranium sponsored more than 30 learners from JP Brandt Primary School in Utuseb, for a week-long Environmental and Sustainable Development excursion at NaDEET’s NamibRand centre in the South of Namibia. Learners and support teachers were collected on Sunday August 13th per bus from their school hostel and taken via Windhoek to a farm outside Mariental where they stayed overnight. The team continued their journey Monday morning to the centre where they spent their week.
The excursion is part of the Mine’s Bigger-Than-Me Project initiated in 2019 with various programmes, such as Mentoring, Ann pads for pubescent girls, Protective Behaviour Programme for learners of all ages, and defined Infrastructure support initiatives at target schools.
This fully paid excursion, valued at over N$ 80 000, creates an opportunity for the learners to learn how to live sustainability, without negatively disturbing the environment.
At the centre, the learners were taught about the use of electricity and using solar energy to cook amongst other activities. After having been divided into groups they proceeded to make Pizzas for lunch on Tuesday, which they prepared from scratch and baked in the solar ovens.
At NaDEET, the learners are taught how to make all of their own meals using solar energy, which they all enjoyed. At the end of the week, with all the lessons learnt, learners are given a report on their environmental footprint as their generated waste, successful separation of waste as well as their water use is tracked per group
Rössing Uranium’s Communities and Social Performance Specialist Amanda Horn said, “Each time we take these young budding minds on this learning adventure, I yet again get to see the endless possibilities a fertile mind holds. Some of these learners get to value what is taught between four walls at their schools when they get to NaDEET as there they get to apply and experiment with what they are taught at school.
“I dare and say that each group that goes has but expectations when they go. On their return, thoughts and ideas as well as practical applications about sustainable living have been cultivated.”
“Great job, J P Brandt Primary School. I am looking forward to seeing how you implement what you have lived at NaDEET”.
Rössing Uranium sponsored more than 30 learners from JP Brand Primary School in Utuseb, for a week-long Environmental and Sustainable Development excursion at NaDEET’s NamibRand centre in the South of Namibia.
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