According to National Forest Watch, Uganda lost 64.1 thousand hectares of tree cover in 2022, resulting in an emission equivalent of 33.3 million metric tons of CO₂. This data highlights a substantial environmental concern, emphasizing the need to address deforestation and promote the preservation of tree cover in the country.
Within the realm of education, the thirst for knowledge is paralleled by the practical necessities that fuel its flame. As per the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, a school comprising 600 students can devour 26 lorries of firewood annually to sustain the warmth of learning.
Now, widen the lens to the vast educational landscape of Uganda — a staggering 8,655,924 Primary schools dotting the country. The math unfolds into a compelling narrative: a collective demand for 374,273 lorries, each year, to keep the educational hearths burning across this diverse array of institutions.
.In a world facing increasing environmental challenges, the role of schools in promoting sustainability has become more critical than ever. Organization like Raising Gabdho Foundation,has taken a remarkable step towards fostering sustainability in schools like Kibuli Police Children School. Through the initiative, institutional stoves were provided, resulting in a significant reduction in expenditure. Now, the foundation is going a step further by planting trees and introducing a cutting-edge tree mapping system, creating a woodlot that not only supports the immediate needs of the school but also lays the foundation for a greener-and more sustainable future.
The installation of institutional stoves at Kibuli Police Children School, has proven to be a game-changer.According to kibuli police children school head teacher Mr.Swaib, the shift from traditional cooking methods has substantially reduced the school’s expenditure, cutting costs from 3.500,000 to 1.200,000 . This financial relief not only benefits the school directly but also enhances the overall learning environment for the students.
The Journey to Sustainability: Planting Trees for a Woodlot:
Planting for a future woodlot
Building on the success of the institutional stoves project, Basemira Sarah, the team leader of Raising Gabdho Foundation, is taking a big step towards sustainability. They are starting a tree-planting campaign in schools. The goal is to create a woodlot that will be a renewable resource for the schools’ future energy needs. This move is important not just locally but also for our friends around the world, highlighting how everyone can make a difference in caring for the environment.
Impact on the Environment:
The environmental impact of planting trees cannot be overstated. Trees act as natural carbon sinks, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. By establishing a woodlot in schools is contributing to local and global environmental conservation efforts. The lush greenery will not only provide shade and improve air quality but also create a conducive and inspiring learning environment for the students.
Beyond the environmental benefits, the tree-planting initiative opens up educational opportunities for the students. It provides a hands-on learning experience, allowing students to participate in the process of environmental conservation actively. This practical engagement fosters a sense of responsibility and environmental stewardship, shaping the future leaders into advocates for sustainability.
The success of such initiatives goes beyond the schools walls and reaches into the surrounding community. By actively involving schools in tree planting and sustainable practices, the project becomes a catalyst for positive change. It empowers individuals to take charge of their environment and instills a sense of pride in contributing to a sustainable future.
Innovative Tree Mapper System:
To further enhance the impact of the tree-planting initiative, the Raising Gabdho Foundation uses an innovative Tree Mapper System developed by plant-for-the-planet.org . This system allows students and community members to track the growth and health of the trees even if they have left the school. In the age of technology, this interactive approach not only promotes transparency but also instills a sense of ownership and responsibility among the students, for the trees they have helped plant.
The combined efforts of Raising Gabdho Foundation and Kibuli Police Children environment club exemplify the transformative power of sustainable initiatives. From reducing expenditure with institutional stoves to planting trees and using a Tree Mapper System, the project is a testament to the positive impact that a holistic approach to sustainability can have on a community. As we celebrate these achievements, let us be inspired to replicate and scale up such initiatives, creating a greener, more sustainable world for generations to come.Together, we can forge a future where every school in Uganda can become a beacon of environmental stewardship and sustainable living. Your collaboration is the catalyst for lasting positive change.
Exploring the impactful journey of sustainability in Ugandan schools has been an inspiring endeavor. As we navigate the challenges of deforestation and energy consumption, it’s heartening to witness initiatives like those led by Raising Gabdho Foundation making a real difference.
Your awareness, support, and participation are crucial in amplifying the positive impact of such projects. Let’s join hands to create a future where every school stands as a testament to environmental stewardship and sustainable living.
Tukuza Meleki Andre
National Forest Watch.
Uganda Humanist Schools Trust.
Raising Gabdho Foundation.