Environment

Giraffe Conservation Fund

Giraffe Conservation Fund

Project  Overview:

The Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) is an exciting initiative of GCF in Namibia. KEEP is a field-based environmental education programme that allows young people to reconnect with nature. KEEP seeks to build a culture of environmental awareness, social responsibility and action in Namibia. Additionally, it can equip Africa’s future leaders, and indeed all Namibians, with the skills to live more sustainably and ultimately to improve their living conditions. KEEP aims to inspire young people to care for their environment by helping them better understand the impacts their lifestyle has on the fragile ecosystems around them.

KEEP is targeting primary (grade 3-4) school students in and around Namibia’s capital Windhoek, in particular from disadvantaged and under-resources schools. It is anticipated that over time, KEEP could grow its geographical reach within Namibia as well as to expand into an applied science based high school programme (grade 8-9), which will focus on real-life giraffe conservation research.

KEEP has been developed by GCF to overcome a perceived disconnect of urban Namibian youth from nature

Impact:

The Khomas Region has the fastest growing population in Namibia with 5% living below the poverty line and relying on the use of natural resources for shelter, fuel, warmth and clean drinking water. However, there is a surprising little understanding of how human actions affect their environment and vice versa. GCF is determined to make a difference and has started providing a much needed service to Namibians: a targeted local environmental education opportunity for school children in Namibia’s capital in order to benefit Namibians, their wildlife and ultimately giraffe conservation in Africa. 10 schools and 1500 children benefit annually through the funding to the Giraffe Foundation.

NDP5

The pillars of the NDP5 which applies to this project under the Social Progression pillars – Harnessing the Demographic Dividends

Social Development

  • Youth Empowerement
  • Intergrate marginalized communities into mainstream

Human Capital Development

  • Social Progression
  • Basic Education
  • Technical/Vocational Education and Training

Environment and Climate Change

  • Strengthen Environmental protection
  • Promote environmentally sound investments and production systems.

Pillar

Economic Progression:

Achieve, sustainable and equitable growth

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Enterprise Development