Our City 2030 Project Set to Thrive

Posted on 19 September 2018

The Our City 2030 project is now set for rollout after the inception training was successfully conducted last week. The week-long workshop hosted by WWF Uganda and plan International was attended by teachers from different schools in Kawempe Division under the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and representatives from five other countries including Kenya, Sweden, Philippines, Zambia and Rwanda.
The Our City 2030 project is now set for rollout after the inception training was successfully conducted last week.  The week-long workshop hosted by WWF Uganda and plan International was attended by teachers from different schools in Kawempe Division under the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and representatives from five other countries including Kenya, Sweden, Philippines, Zambia and Rwanda.
 
Dr Isaiah Owiunji, the Energy and Climate Coordinator on behalf of WWF’s Country Director appreciated WWF Sweden and Plan International for financing the Our City 2030 project. He challenged colleagues who he termed as recipients of the funds to demonstrate value for money as they strive for climate smart, resilient and sustainable cities.
 
Zipprrah Wabola, the representative from WWF-Regional office of Africa asked the teachers in the workshop to mainstream the Education for Sustainable Development in the school policies, curriculum and ensure that pupils have a supportive learning environment.
 She also tipped the teachers to build links between the communities and the school for the proper performance of the project.
 
According to James Juma, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Education Officer for Kawempe Division, The Education for Sustainability Development policy is at the advanced level and 98% of it has been done.
“KCCA no longer licenses schools without fuel saving stoves”, he said adding that deforestation is on the increase because of the market that schools provide for firewood.
 
He appealed to the teachers at the workshop to save the environment by instilling environmental conservation skills and knowledge in their pupils.
 
Our city 2030 is part of the of WWF’s efforts to endorse sustainable cities by supporting learning and participation and reduce the ecological footprint we are leaving on our planet. The project focuses on strengthening youth capacity to engage on issues of climate change, education for sustainable development and disaster risk management in participating country specific city.
Kampala in Uganda was selected as one of the pilot cities for the implementation of this project and also as part of WWF’s one planet city challenge initiative.
 
The Our Cities 2030 project will see  cities in Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Philippines develop roadmaps for emission curves corresponding to 1.5-degree rise including emission reductions and adaptation influenced by solutions and visions of  young people. We look forward!
 
 
 
 
A team from WWF and Plan International pause for the photograph with the teachers after the workshop at Imperial Hotels in Entebbe
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