A Clean School Environment Will Support Healthy Of Your Child

The well-being of any school going child largely depends on the hygienic conditions of the learning environment, educationists at Kampala Parents School have said, explaining that a clean school environment guarantees the safety of their learners while a dirty and unhygienic school puts the learners in harm’s way.

“At Kampala Parents School, we take every step to ensure that our staff is fully vetted and suitable for working in a school environment. Our school cleaning services are designed to ensure that students and teachers alike are afforded a safe and clean place to work and study,”

Schools need to have kempt compounds, clean toilets, kitchen, dining area, clear all nearby bushes and a clean source of water among other hygienic necessities. All these should be supported by existence of a well facilitated sick bay with qualified health personnel.

“We have assembled professional and multi-disciplined teachers to serve and educate your children in the best possible way. They are well facilitated to share their knowledge and skills providing pupils with positive experiences that will help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for the world.

The expansive Kampala Parents School continues to set the example of what child-friendly school should look like. The school has put in place state of the art facilities that have made studying adorable to the pupils hence improving its performance.

Kampala Parents School, which is currently accepting new pupils, emerged second best in Kampala district.

Paid Residents To Manage Bugoma Central Forest Reserve

By George Busiinge

Residents neighboring Bugoma Central Forest Reserve are to be paid to help in the management of the reserve from illegal activities.

This was disclosed by Joshua Rukundo, the executive director Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust at Kijungu Hill Hotel recently.

Rukundo said the two year Watershed Payment project funded by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund will first benefit 70 families from four villages of Kisindi, Kikonda 2, Ndongo and Nyanseke in Kabwoya sub-county Hoima.

Under the pilot project, each family will receive sh133000 annually as an incentive to take part in the promotion, protection and conservation of water catchment areas around Buigome forest such as Rutoha River among others.

Rukundo says the residents will also be supported with water harvesting tools like tanks, offer solar energy to villagechairpersons and also support modern farming methods.

Jozelyne Nyagoma, the Hoima district senior environmental officer challenged the residents to embrace the project adding that project is going to address the challenge of deforestation and waters source depletion.

1000 Kasongoire Forest Reserve Encroachers Vacate Voluntarily

By Busiinge George

Over 1000 encroachers who had encroached on Kasongoire central forest reserve have voluntarily vacated it, after being sensitized by National Forestry Authority (NFA). Kasongoire Central forest reserve is located in Budongo and Kyabigambire sub counties in the districts of Hoima and Masindi respectively.

According to Stuart Maniraguha, Range manager in charge of the management of forestry reserves in Bunyoro, the entire forest reserve is surrounded by over 10 villages which include; Kiryabutuzi, Katuugo, Kasongoire, Bugandale, Kiryamyongo, Terera Kisagura, Kimanya, Kyabijwenge among others.

Maniraguha says that all encroachers who had planted food in the reserve were given a period of eight months to harvest their food noting that 275 households had occupied 400 of the 3069 hectares of the forest reserve.

He adds that there has been a challenge of the forest reserve boundary and the neighbouring communities saying that to solve the empathy, they engaged the authorities of Masindi and Hoima and resolved to open the 43 kms boundaries which was done successfully.

He also explains that about half of the 400 hectares which were recovered has been planted with trees noting that this is one of success interventions registered.

Muruli JohnBosco, the forest supervisor, Bujawe beat, says the reserve had been encroached on by tobacco farmers.

However, he adds that to discourage the farmers from growing more tobacco in the reserve they engaged the tobacco companies to sign agreements compelling them not to contract farmers who grow tobacco in the reserve.

Sunday Elisa, a resident of Katuugo village says he vacated the area after he was told that a forest reserve is for tree planting and not for settlement.

Noah Kererali, the chairperson LC1 Katuugo in Kyabigambire Sub County, says some encroachers were misled by the politicians who would tell them not to vacate

 

Kids To Get Free Fruit Tree Seedlings At Green Xmas Festival

Parents and children who will attend the upcoming Green Xmas Festival will return home with free fruit tree seedlings, environmentalist Joseph Masembe, also the CEO of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, the NGO organizing the kids festival, said in an interview.

Joseph Masembe and NEMA boss Dr Okurut plant a tree

The festival which is organized annually will take place on Sunday, 17th December at Kololo Airstrip. The aim of the fun filled festival is to encourage children to plant trees at an early age.  Masembe believes that children need to be introduced to the idea of conserving the environment at an early age.

“We will give each child a fruit tree seedling on that day. We have to teach our children to care for the environment. There is going to be a lot of entertainment.” Masembe explained.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green is partnering with other stakeholders in this cause. It has partnered with NEMA, Riham, Milkman, Uganda Police, Sadolin, Capital FM and NBS Television.

Bonn Meeting Launch UCLG Africa Climate Task Force

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 -17 2017, provided the framework for the launch of the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force and the presentation of its members to the political authorities and the general public.

The official launch of the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force was held in Bonn on Tuesday November 14, 2017 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Barnabé Dassigli, Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin, Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee N° 8 of the African Union, in the presence of representatives of the first institutions that volunteered to join the Task Force. These were notably:

  • The African Development Bank (AfDB), represented for this purpose by Ms. Louise Helen BROWN, Climate Change Task Manager, Coordinator of the AfDB Fund for Climate Change in Africa;
  • The West African Development Bank (BOAD), represented by Mr. Bio Sawe, Director of the Environment and Climate Finance;
  • The Local Government Capital Investment Fund of Morocco (FEC);
  • The Special Fund for Equipment and Inter-Municipal Intervention of Cameroon (FEICOM), represented by Mr. Côme Awoumou, Deputy Director of Cooperation and Partnership;
  • OECD, represented by Ms Marie Trémolières, Senior Policy Analyst at the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) of OECD;
  • The Environment Agency for Territorial Development of the Presidency of the Republic of Benin, represented by Mr. Jean Claude Grisoni Niaki, expert in resource mobilization and structuring of projects for Climate Finance;
  • The 4C Agency of the Ministry of the Environment of Morocco, represented by its Director, Mr. Mohamed Nbou;
  • Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, represented by Professor Fatima Arib, Sustainable Development and Major Projects Task Manager at the Presidency of the University;
  • The National Associations of Local Governments in Africa, represented by Ms. Florence Radzilani, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Vhembe (South Africa), Climate and Environmental Planning Officer at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA);
  • NGO ENERGIES 2050, represented by its CEO, Stéphane Pouffary.

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, stated the intention of the Task Force to bring together, within the same ecosystem, the various stakeholders working with climate issues.

This is to enable them to support local governments in Africa in the implementation of NDCs and in the access to climate finance and most notably the Green Climate Fund. This is open to all those who wish to join it who can do so by applying to the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa. 

On behalf of the African Ministers of Public Service, Urban Development, Local Governments and Decentralization, the Hon. Minister Barnabé Dassigli of Benin, Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee N° 8 of the African Union, commended UCLG Africa for its wonderful initiative, supported by STC N° 8.

He expressed confidence that the UCLG Africa's Climate Task Force would have a significant impact on the engagement of African local governments in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and pointed out that within the same support platform for local governments, development banks, institutions specializing in the financing of local governments, technical support agencies for local governments, academic and research institutions, associations of local governments and NGOs active in the field of climate, was a commitment to the synergy of the different stakeholders around the Climate Agenda.

Hon. Minister Dassigli confirmed that the African Union's STC N° 8 also supports requests made by local and regional elected officials during the preparatory Forum for COP 22 held in Cotonou in September 2016, especially with regard to the urgency of establishing a capacity building and technical assistance program for local governments to enable them to develop climate plans and prepare eligible funding applications for the Green Climate Fund; as well as for the recognition of UCLG Africa as an "Implementing Partner" of the Green Climate Fund.

The role of territories was recognized as essential for the realization of NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions). Local policy choices in terms of infrastructure, equipment and basic service delivery methods have made an impact on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

Priorities for elected officials include giving a climate perspective to the everyday actions they carry out. There is also a need to build their capacities to measure, report and verify the contribution of their actions and policies in the reduction of emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

This requirement for the Measurement, Reporting and Verification of climate actions (MRV) is one of the requirements of the Paris Agreement and one of the conditions to be met in order to access the Green Climate Fund.

The National Associations of Local Governments will be required to advocate with the representatives of the NDC Partnership and the focal points of Green Climate Fund in their respective countries.

Sadolin, Little Hands Go Green Tie Up Environment Conservation Deal

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green, a Non Government Organisation (NGO), has got the backing of Sadolin Paints, Uganda's leading paint, to continue its environment conservation ahead of the Green Xmas Festival.

Sadolin and the NGO will give out 3,000 fruit trees during this year’s Green Xmas Festival set for 17th December at Kololo Airstrip. The fun filled festival targets children as a way of encouraging them to plan fruit trees.

This, according to Joseph Masembe, the CEO of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, is one way of giving responsibility to the youngsters to protect the environment they live in. He says climate change is a reality which needs to be address wholesomely.

This December it’s going to be bigger and better with the kids having far much more fun with their parents at the festival. We want to teach children to love the environment,” Masembe said.

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green is also partnering with Sadolin Paints, Milkman, NEMA, NBS Television, Riham Soda, Capital Radio among other partners.

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Executive Director Dr. Tom Okurut revealed that the tree planting campaigns are good for the environment since they create sustainable livelihoods.

Sadolin Paints recently relaunched onto the Ugandan market after had canceled a contract with Sadolin Paints East Africa who where their local distributors. Sadolin Paints East Africa has been bought by Kansai Plascorn. 

Thereafter they partnered with Crown Paints East Africa to distribute, market and seek Sadolin Paints in Uganda. The relaunch of Sadolin Paints means ugandans can still access and enjoy they favorite paint. 

Johann Smidt, the director AkzoNobel decorative paints in sub-Saharan Africa, speaking at the relaunch in Kampala recently said they will offer global standard quality paint that the Ugandan people can enjoy.

“We are confident that with our partnership with Regal Paints, a subsidiary of Crown Paints East Africa, our new sales and distribution partner, will service Uganda and the region with excellence.”

Rakesh Rao, the chief Executive office Crown Paints East Africa, said the partnership is a strong statement on the investment by AkzoNobel and continuity of the Sadolin brand in Uganda and the whole region.

“The Sadolin brand has been a household name for many years. We embrace the level of professionalism, quality and global best practices that the brand enforces and are thrilled to enter into this partnership and facilitate the continued supply of Sadolin in Uganda and the region,” Rao said. 

 

Lightning Kills 4 Pupils, Injures 5 in Hoima Municipality.

By Busiinge George

Four primary pupils died last week while five others are being hospitalized after lightning struck their school on Thursday afternoon in Hoima municipality.

The lighting struck St Prisca Primary School located in Nyarugabo cell, Kiduuma ward, Busiisi Division Hoima municipality, Hoima district.

The dead pupils have been identified as Evelyn Kasimere (P4), Macklin Kusemererwa (P6), Jackeline Karungi (P5) and Diana Kusiima (P6).

Those injured and hospitalized at Hoima regional referral hospital are; 14 year old Steven Asiimwe (P5), 11 year old Jorine Kusemererwa (P3), Racheal Atugonza (P6) and Enid Basemera (P6) and another who was not be identified by press time.

Three pupils died on spot while one died on the way to Hoima referral hospital.

The school teacher, Hope Florence said the incident occurred during lunch time at around 1:00pm. She explained that the pupils had converged in their classes to take shelter of the rain when lightning struck the class.

The Hoima referral hospital administrator, Stephenson Agamba regretted the incident saying the injured students are in a stable condition.

By Thursday evening, parents and relatives of the aggrieved families were flocking Hoima hospital in a somber mood.

The Hoima district Security Committee Chairman and the Residence District Commissioner have directed private school directors to install lightning arresters in their schools.

The incident comes less than a month after lightning struck Kifumura government aided primary school in Buhanika sub-county, Hoima district injuring at least 24 pupils.

African Governments To Examine Informal Economy And Climate Change

The City of Praia (Cape Verde) will host the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), October 17-20, 2017. Over 1,500 participants from 120 countries are expected to attend the meeting organized by UNDP, United Cities and Local Government, ILO, The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity and ORU-FOGAR.

 UCLG Africa, the umbrella organization of local governments on the continent, will participate in the event with a delegation led by the Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The Forum will be a venue for exchange on local economic development. The theme of the 4th edition is, "The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program." It aims to provide guidance and principles for action to implement SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

The organizing committee's presentation sheet specifies that a special emphasis will be placed on the reduction of inequalities through local economic development. 

The forum will witness the participation of the President of the Republic of Cape Verde; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; ministers from Ivory Coast, Angola, Mauritania and Bolivia, as well as numerous local and regional elected officials from Africa and other parts of the world.

During the forum, UCLG Africa will organize two sessions on October 18, 2017; the first of which is entitled, "Climate Change and LED: How to mitigate the effects of Climate Change while promoting Local Economic Development."

This will focus on the economic opportunities that climate change offers to people, including the poorest, building on the good practices of some African cities, notably Porto-Novo with the Songhai project implemented in Benin and on the experience of the 11 pilot cities, parties to the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa.

The second session entitled, "Informal economy between regularization and access during transitional phases," will highlight the issues that need to be addressed with regard to the integration of the informal sector into the local economic development strategies and solutions provided by local governments in Africa and elsewhere.

Uganda, Ethiopia In One Coffee Climate Boat

By Boaz Opio

The democratic republic of Uganda and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, these two eastern African countries have a lot in common. Ethiopians believe human life presence started in their country—just like Ugandans. Though these folklores do not tell us when or how this coincidental theories come about, there’s a lot more 21st century similarities to explore and possibly learn from one another.

The most important and obvious similarity is about coffee. Ethiopia is the world’s Coffea arabica producer. Today, the country is the largest African producer of Arabica coffee and the fifth in the entire world.

Uganda is the second biggest producer in Africa. In both countries, coffee is the backbone of their economies.  

However, though 15 million Ethiopians depend on it for a living, it is already predicted that by the end of this century, increasing temperatures could make it impossible to grow coffee in about half of the country’s coffee-growing areas, according to a study published today in Nature Plants.

This is because Arabica coffee trees require mild temperatures to survive, ideally between 59 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Climate projections show that Ethiopia will generally become warmer and drier, and that means that 40 to 60 percent of areas where coffee is currently grown won’t be suitable to grow the beans, the study says. This means the two brothers will be the most affected if the impacts are not addressed early enough.

The same have provoked stimulus government action towards a climate resilience green economy strategy way back in 2011 as a framework for the new Ethiopia growth and transformation plan implementation between 2010-2025, to achieve the middle income economy by the end of 2025. 

According to Mr. Mulegeta Megist, the head of climate change affairs in the Ethiopian ministry of environment, the country learned that over 87% of emissions came from land related use such as deforestation and charcoal burning. However, Mr. Mulegeta says, “when we drew our strategies, we learnt that agricultural activities does not have to conflict with green growth and land use.”

The effects of climate change – higher temperatures and less rainfall – could take a toll on the countries’ ability to farm their treasured crop. In parts of Ethiopia, spring and summer rains have already declined by 15 percent to 20 percent since the 1970s.

While in Uganda, with over 80% of Ugandans dependent on rain-fed agriculture, which comprises over 60% of export earnings, with coffee exports as the biggest foreign exchange earner, erratic and unseasonal rainfall is already costing over US$60 million a year in crop losses.

Smallholder farmers who produce 90 of it could have their already vulnerable livelihoods made more vulnerable by climate change. Oxfam's 2014 research project interviewed coffee farmers in the Rwenzori Mountains and found that they are aware that the climate is changing and becoming less predictable, and have used various adaptation strategies. But for Arabica coffee, which can only be grown at high altitudes in Uganda, climate change and rising temperatures are likely to further restrict the areas in which it can be grown.

A top-quality harvest can fetch up to $1.5 per kilogram, but buyers will pay much less for a harvest including so-called "black beans," cherries picked before they were ripe. Some harvests may even be rejected if the buyer suspects the beans will return "sour, unpleasant coffee that tastes like urine," said Rajabu Kituku, a local manager of Great Lakes Coffee Ltd.

Other two big coffee players of Kenya and Tanzania though produce coffee in a considerable scale are not so much affected directly—not as much as Ethiopia and Uganda by the impacts of global warming. Tanzanian coffee production averages between 30-40,000 metric tons each year of which approximately 70% is Arabica and 30% is Robusta. Kenya, up to 47000 metric tons. In both countries, production grew between 1.7% to 3% in the past 5 years without decline, while Ethiopian production fluctuated in a percentage decline of 2.5 – 3%.

A coincidentally good climate for coffee, then, is what the two big players need to rise their Gross Domestic Products and improve the quality of people’s lives. This could come by learning from each other and implementing climate resilience policies applicable by small-holder coffee farmers dominating the two country’s planting.

Environmentalists Reach Out To Kids With Disabilities Ahead Of Green Festival

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green and NEMA Uganda joined Cheshire Services Uganda, a local Non Governmental Organization working with Persons with Disabilities and Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children to plant trees at Kyambogo Primary School in the suburbs of Kampala ahead of the Green Festival 2017.

This, officials of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green said, is a way of bridging the disability gap and promoting Inclusiveness of children with disabilities in our society.

“For a long time, little hands go green has pushed and carried out environmental conservation education in primary schools across Uganda and Rwanda but had not deliberately set out to purposely include children with disabilities directly in the campaign,” Joseph Masembe, the CEO of environmental organization said in a statement.

He added, “This tree planting exercise therefore is the start of a deliberate push and a call to all Ugandans in general to ensure that persons with disabilities are respected and given an opportunity to enjoy a better life by empowering them to take part in the greening efforts as well.”

The exercise which took place Friday afternoon attracted top NEMA Uganda officials led by the executive director Dr. Tom Okurut, celebrated music DJs Slick Stuart and Roger. They participated in the planting of fruit trees.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green will on third of September (3rd/9/2017) host parents, guardians and their children at Kololo Airstrip at the annual Kids Green Festival where children are taught the importance of planting trees. Each child who attends the festival takes home a fruit tree seedling of his or her choice.

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