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Chevening alumni join Kampala waste management campaign

The alumni of the British Chevening scholarships have joined the campaign to make Kampala City clean and safe through proper waste management and environment protection activities.

Through the Chevening Alumni Association of Uganda (CAAU) they hosted a waste management and climate action conference on Thursday, March 28 at Fairway hotel in Kampala. Formed in 2019, CAAU has more than 400 former master’s degree students in different fields on scholarships in the UK.

Allan Brian Ssembagye, the chairperson of CAAU, told participants in Thursday’s conference that they are engaging Kampala youth and school children to engage in activities that can rid the city of poor waste disposal.

Ssembagye singled out the association’s ongoing climate change action pilot project with Kansanga Seed secondary school through which students have planted more trees and devised affordable means of garbage disposal at their school compound.

It is worth noting that poor waste, especially of plastics, is one of Kampala’s problems that clog the drainage channels and lead to severe flooding whenever it rains. However, CAAU members believe the problem of such poor waste management can only be tackled through the Kampala Youth ABC, which means attitude change, behavioural choices, and community engagement.

Indeed, in one of the presentations at the conference on Thursday, Kansanga students testified that their conscience on waste disposal has changed positively due to their involvement in the CAAU climate change action project.

In his remarks, Benjamin Zeitlyn, team leader of climate at the British High Commission, who represented Kate Airey, the British High Commissioner to Uganda, at the conference promised continued support towards CAAU’s initiatives.

Officials from the ministries of water and environment, Education and Sports, Kampala City Authority (KCCA) as well as experts from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) attended the conference.

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