Viktoria Keding, director and co-founder of the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) has been honoured by the Yves Rocher Foundation with the 2017 Terre de Femmes award for Germany. The ceremony took place at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany on 15 February 2017.
Every year, the Yves Rocher Foundation gives out the prize in ten different countries to highlight the efforts of dedicated women who fight to protect the environment. Keding’s award was presented to her by Susanne Walsleben, deputy editor of the well-known women’s magazine Für Sie.
Keding received the award for the achievements of the NaDEET Centre on the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Namib Desert, Namibia. The Centre uses a creative approach to education for sustainable development (ESD) that applies its philosophy, “We practice what we teach”. This approach equips participants with practical sustainable living skills for their daily activities. For example, people learn to use solar cookers, energy efficient stoves, recycled firebricks and water-saving bucket showers.
Keding was overjoyed to receive the Terre des Femmes award, which entails a monetary reward of 10,000 euros, for NaDEET: “I am thrilled because the award brings attention to our work in Namibia, and even more importantly, to how sustainable living is something that can be achieved through our everyday actions and through education.”
Keding is now a candidate in the final round of the awards, in which she has the opportunity to win several international prizes, including a social media prize worth 5,000 euros. To learn more about the award and vote for Keding, click here.
NaDEET is a Key Partner of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD in Partner Network 5 (accelerating action at the local level).