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Kawempe student scoops schools water and sanitation award

Leina Nabukenya, a Kawempe Muslim SS student, has scooped the best actress award in this year’s Schools Water and Sanitation (SWAS) Convention.

The week-long National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) sponsored convention, which ended on Friday, July 13 at Kyambogo Cricket grounds, attracted pupils and students from more than 120 schools across the country.

Participants showcased science innovations and messages through poems, songs and plays aimed at conserving natural water sources and the environment while promoting sanitation.

Nabukenya, whose school has participated in the annual event since its inception four years ago without any major individual success, was overwhelmed by the news of her win.

“Personally, I’m excited about winning the award and also proud because it gives hope to my school,” the senior six student said.

Her vibrant execution of her role, as a responsible member of a village against environmental degradation by the rich through deforestation in the play, impressed the judges. She beat off competition from more than 200 competitors to win the award.

Apart from individual awards, primary and secondary schools with best performing SWAS clubs were rewarded plaques and cash for good innovations, poems and plays. Winners included Namilyango College School, St. Kizito SS Bugolobi, Naalya Hillside, Nabisunsa Girls, Gayaza High, Iganga Boys, Green Hills and Bweyale Stars, among others.

In his closing remarks at the convention, NWSC managing director Dr Silver Mugisha said SWAS clubs have changed the mindset of the water utility and general public to focus on the environment.

“We need to move from skits, poems and poems to more action such as tree planting and restoration of wetlands to broaden the scope of environmental protection,” Mugisha stated.

He urged school teachers and their students to use the classroom works displayed on the stalls during exhibition for spreading the campaign and advocacy.

He reaffirmed NWSC’s commitment to continue funding the activities of SWAS clubs because ‘there is value for the money.’

mugalu@observer.ug

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