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Chevening alumni train Kyambogo women on waste recycling

Christopher Liberty (L) with Kyambogo women group after training

Christopher Liberty (L) with Kyambogo women group after training

In their continued effort towards proper waste management in Kampala, the Chevening Alumni Association of Uganda (CAAU) has trained and equipped low-income women from Kyambogo with skills to recycle the rubbish from their daily home activities.

On April 6, more than 40 women from Kyambogo and surrounding areas participated in a one-day workshop in which they learnt how to make cooking briquettes from home-generated rubbish such as charcoal residue and matooke peels. They were also tipped on starting nursery seedlings by using used polythene bags, avocado or passion fruit seeds, which are usually dumped as waste from their homes.

Adventures With Locals, a non-government organization, hired by CAAU, conducted the training workshop held at Waterford Nursery
school in Banda. Chevening is the UK government’s prestigious international scholarship and fellowship scheme aimed at developing global leaders. The Chevening scholarship funds a fully- paid one-year master’s degree in the United Kingdom (UK).

Christopher Liberty, who is a 2021- 2022 Chevening alumnus with a master’s in political science from the London School of Economics, said CAAU’s campaign on proper waste management has provided vital lessons needed for behavourial change among Ugandans.

“As the project lead for the Kampala Youths ABCs for Waste and Climate Action, I am thrilled to announce the successful completion of this Chevening Alumni Programme Fund-supported initiative. The most significant insight I have gained is the critical importance of Climate Change Education (CCE) starting with the ABC model of climate education,” Liberty said in his closing remarks at the training workshop for the Kyambogo women.

He added: “It is clear that CCE must be transformative, contextualized and holistic. Importantly, engaging the youth is vital in our fight against climate change, and it should form the bedrock of climate action in Uganda and globally.”

The workshop at Banda came on the back of CAAU’s waste management and climate action conference hosted on March 28 at Fairway hotel in Kampala. During the conference, CAAU shared the success achieved through their partnership with Kansanga Seed Secondary School where students have planted more trees and devised affordable means of garbage disposal at their school compound.

Formed in 2019, CAAU has more than 400 former master’s degree students in different fields on scholarships in the UK. Since 1983, Ugandan professionals such as senior journalists, judges, lawyers, bankers, politicians, activists and civil society leaders have benefited from the Chevening programme.

In recent years, CAAU members have joined hands to give back either by supporting noble causes or as society influencers to improve the economy.

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