The implementation of environmental education policy in Namibia : perceptions of a range of decision-makers

Katoma, Loini-Nyanyukweni (2002) The implementation of environmental education policy in Namibia : perceptions of a range of decision-makers. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study is the first cycle of an action research project that focuses on the implementation of the Environmental Education Policy in Namibia. Perceptions of Namibian decision-makers were sought with regard to their understanding of the concepts ‘environment’ and ‘environmental education’, as well as to identify environmental problems and obstacles to the implementation of the Environmental Education Policy. The approach of coming up with options to address the identified problems/obstacles/constraints, was employed in this study. To this effect, interviews, a workshop, observations and reflections on the process of implementation resulted in a wealth of data. The findings shed light on possible solutions to address the identified problems and obstacles. The results revealed that community participation, skills development and the proper co-ordination of environmental education activities are imperative in addressing the obvious policy-practice gap. Decision-makers uncovered the fact that the socio-economic situation of our people necessitated pulling our resources together and working as a team. The overall perceptions are that the environment is everyone’s business and that we should zealously use it and carefully guard it, not only for ourselves but also, for the benefit of coming generations.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Namibia, Environmental Education Policy, Perceptions, Decision makers, Environment, Problems, Challenges, Obstacles, Skills development, Policy
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Janse van Rensburg, Eureta
ID Code:2965
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:08 Jun 2012 06:11
Last Modified:08 Jun 2012 06:11
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