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Geography and Environmental Movement (GEM)

Geography and Environmental Movement (GEM) is a national school based movement whose mission statement is to educate, capacity, raise awareness and train learners and communities in multi disciplinary environmental issues. These include the thematic areas of which are GEF operational programs, to mention few, Energy, International water, land degradation, climate change, biodiversity, POPs and many other focal areas in any environmental sphere. GEM is the movement that is found in most schools in nine districts of Lesotho except Mokhotlong. It works with learners, educators and communities on environmental issues from all works of life irrespective of gender, background or religion. Since GEM covers a broader spectrum of community it is mandated by its constitution to disseminate environmental information as large as possible.


Date of Establishment:

01-Jan, 2002

Purpose of Organization:

To educate, capacity, raise awareness and train learners and communities in multi disciplinary environmental issues. These include the thematic areas of which are GEF operational programs, to mention few, Energy, International water, land degradation, climate change, biodiversity, POPs and many other focal areas in any environmental sphere.

GEF/SGP involvement:

Recycling of Solid Waste ,Management and Greening Project- 2009-2010

Experience:

At national level GEM is a vehicle that carries out country’s declarations and policies especially on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development. As the Curriculum Assessment Policy Framework states that education is one of the major strategies for promoting socio-economic development in Lesotho, hence the priority is given to it as poverty eradicating tool. The program are meant to carry forth government initiatives included in the PRSP, V2020 and the EE strategy 2005-2014.Due to GEM’s active participation in environmental issues; It has managed to register with Environmental Education Association for Southern Africa (EEASA) which is a regional association on environmental information that exchanges ideas and resources.
It is a member of the SGP Lesotho Network and a member of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Network of Lesotho named Tikoloho lehae la rona(2010). The network is composed of members from the university, colleges, schools, CBO,s,FBO,s and Environmental line ministries and NGO,s. GEM, s involvement in this network is to assist in the strengthening of the curriculum by including environmental issues and to educate communities about environmental management and conservation through GEF funded projects and other means. For instance GEM has been invited to give presentation on incorporation of Rio Conventions and other environmental issues into the curriculum in January 2013 to 193 educators and education officers. Moreover GEM is used as an outreach instrument in other partners on environmental projects, programs and processes e.g. Celebration of EU week on Energy and Recycling, Public Private Participation on Urban Environment etc. We also play role in commemorating International Days such as: World Environment day which was merged with Biodiversity Day on the 24 May 2012, World Combating Desertification Day 05 July 2012. Media coverage was involved in these activities and articles were given for publicity.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Lesotho

Contact Details
Street Address:
Ha Tsautse
City/Town:
Maseru
Country:
Lesotho
Telephone No.:
00266-22-312672
Organization founded:
Jan-01-2002

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • International Waters
  • Land Degradation
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Name:
    Mrs. Malintle Mamolapo Celestina Kheleli Key Contact Person
    Position:
    Chairperson
    Email:
    kmalintleyahoo.com
    kmalintlegmail.com


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