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MAK students sensitize the community on waste management and environmental conservation

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On 2nd October 2017, Makerere University students convened at the Western Gate to actively participate in the Waste Management Awareness Week aimed at sensitizing the University community on the importance of waste management and keeping the environment clean. 

Organised under a theme, Sustainable Waste Management at Makerere University, the program running from 2nd to 6th October 2017 presents an opportunity to students and staff to take the lead in activities geared towards promoting sustainable waste management as an action to combating climate change. 

The Waste Management Awareness week is a sustainability program that is stipulated in the Makerere University-Bangor University collaborative partnership and focuses on promoting sustainable development at Makerere University. The program also engages the University community in four major aspects of prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling of waste to reduce waste generation at Makerere University.

Students holding charts containing informative messages on waste management and sustainability

“We want to reach out the entire university community during this awareness week that is why we have several activities going on. These include carrying out general cleaning, putting waste management stickers on designated places, pictorial presentation of the University Waste Management, exhibition of waste-recycled item and displaying of placards with awareness message. We have developed a social media campaign to reach out to students, staff alumni and the well-wishers of Makerere University,” said Ms Pamela Matovu, the Coordinator of the Sustainability Program at Makerere University in an interview with Makerere University Public Relations Office. 

She applauded students for their active participation and called upon the entire Makerere University fraternity to embrace the campaign and ensure that waste is properly managed in the University.
 
She thanked the Organising Committee, Estates and Works Department, Students Sustainability Action Group (SSAG), the Students’ Guild-Ministry of Estates and Environment (83rdGuild) and Makerere University Waste Management Research Association (MUWMRA) for their tireless efforts to ensure that the five days campaign is a success.

Save paper, Save trees, save the world, one of the students sends the message to the community.

 In a special way Ms Pamela Matovu thanked the Sustainability Lab, Bangor University and Hub Cymru Africa (a Welsh Government international development funded program) for their support that has enabled the successful implementation of the program.

The GRC School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources who also doubles as the Minister for Estates and Environment on Makerere University 83rd Guild, Hon. Nankya Esther said that the Waste Management Awareness week is a drive geared towards environment conservation and cleanliness within campus. 

“As a leader I believe environmental conservation is key to the health of the people. We would like to make it a culture at Makerere University since change should start with us. We believe that through proper waste management we are creating a better place to live in,” noted Nankya.

Sustainable Waste Management is an action towards combating climate change. This is in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 of ‘Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, focusing on target 5 that states, ‘By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.’

AFRO-STONE Solidality, students from Living Stone Hall joins the ladies from Africa Hall during the Waste Managment Campaign.

The Waste Awareness Week started on Monday 2nd October 2017 at the Western Gate. From there students headed to Africa Hall where they conducted interviews and photo booth sessions.

On Tuesday 3rd October 2017, the team will be at Mary Stuart and this will be followed by an exhibition on recycling waste on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the Department of Environment Management. On Thursday 5th October 2017, the team will proceed to Makerere University Eastern Gate and the activity will end on Friday 6th October 2017 with a number of students and stakeholders involved in picking litter as well as ‘Keep Makerere University Clean’ activities. 

Article by: Kanyi Rachael and Apio Marion- Student Volunteers, MAK Public Relations Office

 

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021

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A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors

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URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.

Eligibility

  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University

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An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University

RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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