UNESCO Education Specialist for Namibia Samuel Diekert has underscored the need to integrate principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.
Speaking at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre where they gathered for the annual camp for ASPnet he added that such a concept will address environmental, social, economic and cultural problems faced in the 21st century.
“Driving education for sustainable development: The impact of climate change on sustainable living,” where 149 participants, consisting of learners, ASPnet coordinators and principals from all over Namibia were in attendance,” Diekert said.
Speaking at the same occasion Secretary General of the Namibian National Commission for UNESCO Dr. Marius Kudumo also corroborated Diekert’s sentiments.
“The outcomes of the camp are that awareness has been raised among the participants on education for sustainable development and the impact of climate change on sustainable living,” Kudumo said.
He further added that , “Innovative research findings on the theme of the camp have been generated and lastly the UNESCO pillars of learning namely, learning to do, learning to be, learning to live together have been concretised.”
ASPnet was launched by UNESCO in 1953 with 33 secondary schools in 15 Member States to promote education for international understanding and peace and as the world’s largest network of schools and teacher training institutes, the ASPnet serves as a laboratory for innovative pedagogical approaches, and strives to support teachers and learners in their efforts to address today’s changing educational needs and tomorrow’s challenges.
Vice Head-girl from Concordia College, a participating school from Windhoek Deborah Nangula also said, “I learned so much from the camp and got to experience Namibia in a whole different light, meeting different people from all over the nation. It was truly an experience that will last me a lifetime”
Previously ASPnet conducted projects, including the Namibian Traditional Recipes book where students’ curiosity was stimulated, as they were keen to learn more about the origins and functions of the various recipes, whether typical everyday meals or dishes ones served on special occasions. As a result there was an increase of appreciation of the different cultures.