NEMA Trains Teachers and Administrators to advance Environment Education in Nebbi District

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)’s Public Education team has trained over 240 teachers and administrators in the West Nile District of Nebbi in sustainable environment management practices.

Prior to the training, the NEMA’s Public Education team, had conducted a needs assessment to better understand the situation of environment management practices in the primary schools of Nebbi District and revelations from the survey indicated a number of challenges in environmental management practices including, poor waste management, overreliance on biomass for fuel, waste in energy and water use, bare compounds, open school boundaries among others.

The training which was conducted in conjunction with the Nebbi District Education team was to offer guidance on the environmental management in schools and develop school environment management work plans for future interventions.

Rev. Sister Caroline Akello, the Head teacher of Divine Mercy Nursery and Primary School in Nebbi Sub-County informed the participants that part for their success story has been to encourage tree pupils plant trees and name them after themselves. Mr Alfred Obomba the Head Teacher of Goli Mixed Primary School in Jupangira Parish attributed their progress on mobilizing pupils under the School Water and Sanitation Club which is also in charge of environment issues.

On their part, the NEMA’s Public Education Team led by the Senior Environment Education Officer, Philemon Mukisa facilitated the development of environment work plans which school administrators would adopt in implementing of environmental projects.

NEMA is conducting similar countrywide training of trainees as activities to implement the national Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) strategy in all Government and private institutions.