The Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) is an interactive environmental education programme designed and implemented by GCF.
KEEP aims to inspire young Namibians to care for their environment by allowing them the opportunity to reconnect with nature through a targeted field-based EE programme.
KEEP provides a learning platform outside the classroom, in nature with the goal of inspiring experiential learning and modelling environmental and wildlife stewardship.
The programme targets primary school students in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital; in particular students from disadvantaged schools who would benefit the most from an increased awareness of environmental issues as a change in behaviour has the potential to improve their living conditions.
Specifically, the programme seeks to promote environmental learning for our future decision-makers as well as address critical environmental issues key to Namibia. Furthermore, we hope to aid in protecting the natural environment through improved understanding among Namibia’s youth.
The programme is closely linked to the Namibian national school curriculum, and students and teachers engage with topics from their syllabus and apply concepts that are already familiar from the classroom, while spending a day in the bush in a fun, interactive and hands-on experience. KEEP gets them out of the classroom and back into nature!
“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum)
During three years of implementation, so far over 6,600 students and 200 teachers have participated in KEEP.