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Seeta High School reaps big from Makerere University Wastewater Management Initiative

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Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has embraced the move on constructing artificial wetlands for decentralized wastewater treatment.

The Makerere University Wastewater management and sewerage disposal initiative has gotten rid of the smelly and serious environmental and health risks that have especially been faced by primary and secondary schools accommodating big numbers of students!

Makerere University (Mak) 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 constructed a wetland to treat wastewater and sewage generated by Seeta High School.

These wetlands are artificial wastewater treatment systems consisting of shallow (usually less than 1 m deep) ponds 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.

Wastewater management and sewerage disposal in general, remains one of the challenges that urban authorities and dwellers are grappling with in Uganda. In many towns, the sewerage systems have broken down spilling over dwelling places. In residential areas, the practice of realizing waste in nearby swamps has become the norm. This treatment system is appropriate for institutions in areas which are not connected to central sewerage system.

However, adequate land should be available for the construction of this wetland system. The advantage of this system is that it can be designed as an integrated system where by the effluent from the wetland can be used in agriculture, aquaculture and agro forestry.

Before the construction, the school had already been given warnings by the National Environment Management (NEMA) authority to treat its wastewater before discharging it into the surrounding environment.

To alleviate the problem scientists from Makerere University: Prof. Frank Kansime the Principal Investigator, Dr Charles Niwagaba the Engineer, Omara John the research assistant and University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) constructed a wetland, planted it with papyrus, monitored it and it is now fully functional with 2&3 plates.

Seeta High school contributed to the retrofitting of the plumbing system and construction of a new septic tank. Currently the wastewater from Seeta High School flows into a septic tank and the influent from the septic tank are discharged into the constructed wetland.

In addition to water being of good quality, the treated wetland has attracted a lot of attention from students (they call it one of he wonders at this school, Seeta High) and other schools want this system installed at their premises.

"The management of Seeta High School is not only happy with the wastewater treatment but are also planning to spread this technology to sister campuses. The project commenced in the year 2008, cost 25,000 US Dollars. Seeta High School contributed 10,000 US Dollars to this project" said Prof. Frank Kansime, the Deputy Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

 

Article by Nakandi Peninah, Intern Public Relations Office, Makerere University

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has embraced the move on constructing artificial wetlands for decentralized wastewater treatment.

The Makerere University Wastewater management and sewerage disposal initiative has gotten rid of the smelly and serious environmental and health risks that have especially been faced by primary and secondary schools accommodating big numbers of students!

Makerere University (Mak) 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 constructed a wetland to treat wastewater and sewage generated by Seeta High School.

These wetlands are artificial wastewater treatment systems consisting of shallow (usually less than 1 m deep) ponds 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.

Wastewater management and sewerage disposal in general, remains one of the challenges that urban authorities and dwellers are grappling with in Uganda. In many towns, the sewerage systems have broken down spilling over dwelling places. In residential areas, the practice of realizing waste in nearby swamps has become the norm. This treatment system is appropriate for institutions in areas which are not connected to central sewerage system.

However, adequate land should be available for the construction of this wetland system. The advantage of this system is that it can be designed as an integrated system where by the effluent from the wetland can be used in agriculture, aquaculture and agro forestry.

Before the construction, the school had already been given warnings by the National Environment Management (NEMA) authority to treat its wastewater before discharging it into the surrounding environment.

To alleviate the problem scientists from Makerere University: Prof. Frank Kansime the Principal Investigator, Dr Charles Niwagaba the Engineer, Omara John the research assistant and University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) constructed a wetland, planted it with papyrus, monitored it and it is now fully functional with 2&3 plates.

Seeta High school contributed to the retrofitting of the plumbing system and construction of a new septic tank. Currently the wastewater from Seeta High School flows into a septic tank and the influent from the septic tank are discharged into the constructed wetland.

In addition to water being of good quality, the treated wetland has attracted a lot of attention from students (they call it one of he wonders at this school, Seeta High) and other schools want this system installed at their premises.

"The management of Seeta High School is not only happy with the wastewater treatment but are also planning to spread this technology to sister campuses. The project commenced in the year 2008, cost 25,000 US Dollars. Seeta High School contributed 10,000 US Dollars to this project" said Prof. Frank Kansime, the Deputy Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

 

Article by Nakandi Peninah, Intern Public Relations Office, Makerere University

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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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