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PHOTOS: Sanyu Babies’ Home Gets Victoria University Support

Victoria University students through their association Health Science Students Association In Victoria University and members of staff delivered an assortment of gifts to children under the care of Sanyu Babies Home

 

Daphne Kyampiire, the president of this association together with Guild President Mariah Peggy Nabunya and Miss Victoria University 2017 and 2018 led a delegation of students to deliver items like items pampers, baby wipes, porridge, milk, washing detergent, vaseline, soap, toilet paper and baby’s clothes.

 

They also engaged in activities like washing of baby’s clothes, painting with babies and interacted with the babies. They toured the home and visited the babie’s nursery, kitchen, laundry room and sorting room for clothes. Below are pictures captured.

For 82 years now, Sanyu Babies Home, founded by Milnes Winfred Walker (RIP), a former midwife at Mengo Hospital, has devoted its resources to tirelessly make the lives of abandoned children worth living.

 

Most, if not all, of the children under the care of Sanyu Babies Home have been abandoned by their mothers under unclear circumstances. They are mainly found on the roadside, retrieved from pit latrines, rubbish bins, ditches and any other place troubled parents find convenient to dump these innocent kids.

CNOOC Uganda Rewards 90 Best Performing Students In Hoima

By George N. Busiinge

Chinese oil and gas giant CNOOC Uganda, operating in Kingfisher, Buhuuka Kyangwali in Hoima district, awarded 90 students who excelled in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), UCE and UACE under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme called CNOOC Best Performers’ Award.

Speaking during the ceremony at Hoima district headquarters Thursday to recognize the best performers, Aminah Bukenya, the Public Relations Supervisor at CNOOC revealed that the programme was first started in 2012 with an aim of encouraging good performance among students in Hoima.

Aminah added that they have managed to award about 330 students. In 2013, 60 students were awarded, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, 90 ,in 2017 -90students each year were awarded and more 90 students will be rewarded this year 2018 which will bring the cumulative total of BPA beneficiaries to 420 students both PLE,UCE AND UACE levels .

The beneficiaries received cash prizes and certificates. This was intended to inspire students in the district.

Aminah explained that Hoima district is currently experiencing rapid development and CNOOC Uganda believes that the youth are prepared. She elaborated that with a transformed education sector, residents shall benefit from the oil and gas industry in the Albertine grabben.

A total of Shs28m ($8,000) has been awarded to the 90 best performing students in the 2016 national examinations. The Hoima District education Officer said 20% of the beneficiaries were selected from Hoima municipality schools and 80% were selected from the rest of the district.

Aminah noted that the purpose of the best performers’ awards affirms CNOOC’s willingness to be good neighbors to the community in which they operate.

Robert Duan Tiangxu, the Quality Health Safety and Environment Manager for CNOOC said, they are committed to continued cooperation with the local communities to improve education and other sectors as far as oil and gas is going on in the Region.

The Hoima district Chairperson Kadiri Kirungi who was the chief guest appreciated CNOOC for the support they are providing to Hoima district education sector. He said the support is line with government’s Development programmes.

Kadiri urged the winners to continue working hard at their next level of education and always consider giving back to the community so that those who come after them can receive the same support. He also appreciated the teachers for emphasis they have taken through empowering these students to make them pass their examinations.

Kadiri Kirungi, the Hoima district chairman applauded CNOOC for supporting education in Hoima district and requested them to consider vocational training scholarships as a way of tackling unemployment challenges which is common among the age of young ones who needs a helping hand especially here in the oil region.

Firm Calls For Sustainable Infrastructure To Waste Management In Africa

Visionscape Africa has called for better and sustainable infrastructure to waste management in Kenya and the rest of Africa. According to the waste management thinktank, plastic pollution has become a global challenge not only in Africa, but also across the world.

According to data from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, there are 50 million plastic bottles used annually most of which go unrecycled.

Visionscape Group Director, Adeniyi Makanjuola noted that there are 8 million tonnes of plastic -bottles, packaging and other waste which enter the ocean annually killing marine life and entering the human food chain.

He added that waste management problem is compounded by a glaring lack of infrastructure for the effective management of waste and improper disposal habits cause most plastic waste to end up in our oceans.

"Providing adequate infrastructure to meet the waste management demand of the world's growing population is likely to remain one of the most significant challenges for emerging markets.

For instance, in Kenya, Nairobi, Kisumu, Thika, Nakuru, Mombasa and Eldoret towns generate an estimated 6,000 tonnes of waste daily. However, of these, only 3,962 tonnes are collected while over 2,000 tonnes remain uncollected." said Makanjuola.

According to research, acknowledging and addressing infrastructure gaps will tackle waste surplus and optimize efficiency levels to support recovery over landfill disposal.

Many of the ways that waste has been managed historically, like burying or burning, work just fine when you use biodegradable materials like ceramics or organic material, this is according to a paper by the University of Georgia.

However, plastics is more difficult to manage and there is not always knowledge, resources or opportunities to deal with it appropriately.

The ban on single-use plastics is gradually gaining momentum globally. Emerging economies like Kenya, Bahamas, and Papua New Guinea have set a ban on specific plastic products.

Makanjuola said that, "Successful delivery of the infrastructure will boost the economy and provide socio-economic benefits through expanded resource recovery opportunities to the market. Africa needs to look beyond landfills as the only means of waste disposal."

ICT Investment And Partnership Key To Fuelling Africa's Digital Growth.

By Li Peng

President of Huawei Southern Africa Region

Rapid advancements in information communications technologies (ICT) over the past 20 years has substantially altered the ways in which people live, work, play and interact with one another.

The World Bank’s World Development Report shows that ICT has a positive effect on a country’s economy, with a 10% increase in broadband penetration being associated with a 1.4% increase in gross domestic product (GDP) growth in emerging markets.

Digitisation also has the greatest employment effect. According to the World Bank statistics, every 10% increase in broadband penetration will lead to 2% to 3% increase of employment rate. In 2016, China's digital economy created 2.8 million jobs, accounting for 21% of the total new jobs; Japanese government's 2015 White Paper on Information and Communications indicates, if small businesses can fully adopt ICT technologies such as cloud services, they will be able to create about 200,000 jobs.

Similarly, research shows a 90% correlation can be seen between investments in ICT and a country's’ success in meeting several key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The African Union Agenda 2063 has acknowledged the importance of Digital Inclusivity for African countries to bring the continent on par with the rest of the world as an information society.

However, there are still some challenges in availability, accessibility and affordability including geographic challenges of reaching small, remote communities, poverty and lack of basic knowledge and skills. Statistics from GSMA shows that, approximately 53 percent of the world’s population is still unconnected, and 80 percent of the unconnected population is located in Asia-Pacific and in Africa. On average, 69 percent of the African population do not have access to internet, with many of those unconnected living in rural areas.

Challenges always come with opportunities. To solve these challenges, we need to take a cross-sector approach and we need to think differently about how to address the business model challenge. To tackle this issue, some of the solutions available include:

First of all, it is important to have a master plan to direct investment and attract the best talent. For instance, Germany's Industry 4.0 and the Made in China 2025 initiatives have been designed to make the manufacturing industries in these countries intelligent by using ICT. Under the Smart Community strategy of the Malaysian government, the digital economy has grown to make up 17% of total GDP within just 3 years, which makes it one of the world's highest ranking countries in this regard. In this information age, development of ICT should be prioritized on a par with other forms of infrastructure and basic services crucial to society such as electricity, water, roads and bridges.

Second, we need new innovations that enable lower cost but similar performance solutions that can shorten the time needed to recover investment costs and hence provide the private sector with an incentive to invest. For example, given the significant investment costs and inability of the revenues to cover both the set-up and operation costs, telecom operators do not have an incentive to invest in building rural networks. Innovative technologies can help make it viable for operators to invest in rural areas.

Third, it is necessary to provide policies that can lower the barriers of digital transformation. For example, Thailand provides subsidies to encourage ICT infrastructure construction in rural areas; Italy encourages carriers and electric companies to work together in laying out optical fiber; Saudi Arabia allows carriers to mount sites on streetlamps and regulations in Germany requiring the installation of fiber-optic cables in all new houses and roads. Allocating more resources and providing supportive policies including streamlining approvals, usage of Universal Service Funds, reducing taxation, and using ICT to deliver public services more efficiently, effectively and equitably will allow for more sustainable and inclusive development.

Fourth, we need innovative business models that can generate more benefits for users and to provide users with the skills to use and benefit from smartphones. This will enable telecom operators to generate more revenue. Mobile money is one of the best examples. With the right skills and content, users can also access educational content, learn how to improve yields on their farms, and get better prices for their cattle or crops. This will directly enable them to increase their incomes and both drive and enable greater spend on communications, hence improve the investment rationale.

Embracing these solutions requires cross-sector partnerships and new thinking. These can directly translate into higher availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services. This will lead to a future where everyone can is able to access the Internet to unleash their own potential to create value and create economic and social gains for themselves and to exercise and enjoy their rights to a better quality of life, dignity and equality.

 

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