Madera Girls Primary School Wins Schools Environment Education Competition
Madera Girls Primary school were named the winners of the Environment Education Schools Competitions in Soroti Municipality in Eastern Uganda. The twelve weeks competitions which run from April to July 2018 had learners, school teachers and administrators challenged in carrying out activities in their school settings that exhibited environmental sustainability, a strategy in the National Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for Uganda.
Over 30 schools in the municipality took part in the competitions with about 3000 learners coming up with innovative activities and projects. These ranged from recycling of and reuse of different waste materials, installing illustrative sign posts on their school compounds, planting of green cover on bare grounds, tree planting and others. Some schools like Kichinjaji Primary school and St. Francis School for the Deaf set up orchard gardens with the latter installing sprinkler irrigation tools to deal with the hot seasons.
According to Judith Naluyima, the Senior Environment Education Officer at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the team that organized the activity, Madera Primary School won after exceptional practical environment management practices including installing well-labelled litter bins, a consistent litter-less compound, demarcated walkways and a talking compound with environmental and social messages.
While handing over the prizes which included certificates, a 3000litre Water tank, litterbins and others, the District Chairperson Soroti District Local Government, Girigori Mikairi Egunyu clled upon the school teachers and pupils to continue pursuing environmentally friendly activities even in absence of a competition for the betterment of our general environment. He also congratulated the winning school for the commitment to environmental education activities.
The Area Member of Parliament also sustained his pledge of sponsoring the winning school on a tour to one of the conservation areas in Uganda. NEMA conducted these competitions in in a joint monitoring engagement with Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI) an NGO that supports environmental conservation initiatives in schools.