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Kampala, Wakiso schools embark on climate change mitigation innovations

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ten schools in Kampala and Wakiso joined a global innovation challenge in which they will come up with solutions to solve climate challenges in their community.

According to Allan Kinani, an official from local NGO Junior Achievement Uganda that is partnering with BASF, German multinational chemical company to facilitate the challenge, participants, school teams are expected to come with solutions that resonate with ten of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals that have a link to the environment.

Kinani said the idea of the campaign will see the winning team get $3,000 to facilitate conceptualization of their idea, six months of mentorship and eventually a seed fund that will help them implement their innovation based on belief that young people should be at the helm of creating solutions for eminent problems in their localities.

The schools involved include Kings College Buddo, Lubiri Secondary School, Kololo Secondary School, Wampewo Ntake School, St. Mary’s Kisubi, Aga Khan and Hana Mixed School.

Christine Masta, the Communication & Advocacy Manager for BASF East Africa cluster says Uganda and Nigeria were selected to represent the African continent but they will later join students from Brazil, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico and Vietnam to ideate and innovate creative solutions to ensure a more just and sustainable future for the planet.

The school that will represent Uganda will be selected on Friday by a panel of judges that includes environmental scientists and activists. On Monday, students picked themes from where they will be generating solutions which include affordable and clean energy, zero hunger, clean water and sanitation in addition to sustainable cities and communities among others.

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