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Seeta High reaps big from Mak Wastewater management Initiative

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Wastewater management and sewage disposal in general, remains one of the challenges that urban authorities and dwellers are grappling with in Uganda.

Wastewater management and sewage disposal in general, remains one of the challenges that urban authorities and dwellers are grappling with in Uganda.

In many towns, the sewage systems have broken down spilling over dwelling places. In residential areas, the practice of releasing waste in nearby swamps has become the norm. This poses serious environmental and health risks. Schools accommodating big numbers of students have also been victims.

It is against this background that Makerere University in collaboration with University of Dar es Salaam through the BIO-EARN (East African Regional Network for Biotechnology and Bio-Policy) with funding from Sida-Sarec, constructed a wetland to treat wastewater generated by SEETA High School Mukono.

Constructed wetlands are artificial wastewater treatment systems consisting of shallow (usually less than 1 m deep) ponds or channels which are planted with wetland plants. This treatment system relies upon plants, bacteria, biological, physical and chemical processes to treat wastewater. The system has impervious clay or synthetic liners and is engineered to control water direction and retention in the system.

The school had already been given warnings by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to treat its wastewater before discharging it into the surrounding environment. To alleviate the problem scientists from Mak (Prof. Frank Kansiime; PI, Dr Charles Niwagaba; Engineer, and Omara, John; Research Assistant) and the University of Dar-es-salaam (UDSM) constructed a wetland, planted it with papyrus, monitored it and it is now fully functional.
The School contributed to the retrofitting of the plumbing system and construction of a new septic tank.

“The management of SEETA High School is not only happy with the wastewater treatment system but are also planning to spread this technology to sister campuses” said Prof. Frank Kansiime, the Deputy Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)

The project commenced in 2008. It cost 25,000 US Dollars. The school contributed 10,000 US Dollars to this.

 

These and many more innovations of how Makerere University has provided research relevant to National development needs were shared during the Vice Chancellor's 18th Media Briefing as held on Monday 6th June 2011. See Downloads for details 

 

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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