YOUTHINKGREEN – A Project at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), Windhoek
YOUTHinkGreen Namibia is an educational youth initiative at DHPS. The aim of the project is to train school-age participants to become critically-minded climate ambassadors who create an awareness in and outside the school for sustainable consumption, transport and energy.
The project kicked off at the end of April 2012 when eleven students from DHPS attended the International Youth Climate Week in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Together with 200 other participants from Germany, Iceland, Bulgaria, Italy, Egypt, India, China, Peru, Brazil and Turkey, researchers and climate experts, strategies and solutions were developed to achieve an environmental rethink in society, politics and the economy based on the main idea: ‘Think global and act local.’
In order to implement specific everyday action against climate change, our students came back from Wolfsburg with their own ideas for local sustainability projects in Namibia .
A crucial part of this field work was, and still is, the creative use of media. Within today’s internet era, the medium film/video is the central medium of communication and expression. Therefore film workshops and intense screenplay work as well as webdesign and the group’s own website, YouTube-Channel and Facebook Page are an important part of the project at DHPS.
During a big media conference in the assembly hall at DHPS on June 5th 2012 the field project ideas were introduced to the school community and to the invited representatives of the media. OneAfrica Television, NBC, press and radio reported about it.
This event illustrated very effectively the necessity of the project as well as the message that working for a good cause is “sexy”, highly contagious and satisfying.
Since June 2012 the students of YOUTHinkGreen Namibia have not rested trying to put their ideas for a more sustainable future in Namibia into action. Cooperating with local experts, the Namibian public as well as the school community, YOUTHinkGreen at DHPS has become a shining example in Namibia of how students can make a difference in their local community.
At the World Youth Sustainability Summit (10 – 20 May 2013) in Berlin the students from DHPS had the opportunity to present their film spots as well as the fantastic results of their field work to a broader, international audience.
Since April 2014 the students of the group have started on a new exciting field project to save children’s lives and help the environment at the same time: Uyelele – the Namibian Solar Bottle Project. For more information, please continue reading here.
Abassier Leukes, Alexander Brock, Beatrice Brock, Dean-Marlo Titus, Gino Jansen, Hanna Graefen, HGo Priebe, Ileni Mhakka, Imke Jensen, Janice Lohmann, Jennifer Eises, Joyce Upindi, Katharina Thalmaier, Mareka Masule, Marlon Bittner, Monika Carl, Nandi Merdes, Oluchi Nwagboso, Petelina Frans, Sonia Namadiko, Teresa Thalmaier, Tracy Hoxobes, Undji Usurua, Carsten Antoni