By Judith Amusugut, STEP FM/NECJOGHA, MBALE
KAMPALA, UGANDA- The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has started a competition in schools to encourage the young generation to conserve the environment and water catchment areas.
The competition named School Water and Sanitation Awards (SWAS) is based on the theme ‘Nurturing our Water Sources’ has primary and secondary schools competing at Elgon technical school in Mbale on Saturday July 6th. The eastern competition had schools from the districts of Mbale, Busia, Kapchorwa and Soroti.
The schools had different activities that they have been doing for the past three days before the final competition that included drama, quiz, poetry, Wash technology, skits among others where the winners were awarded a certificate and prize money.
The RDC, Mbale, Suleiman Baraza Ogajo who was the guest of honor said citizens should fight deforestation. He cited an example of how people are cutting down our trees for charcoal and selling it to Kenya which he condemned and said should stop if we are to go green.
Dr. Edith Katete the Deputy Managing Director NWSC thanked the schools and parents for allowing their children to participate in SWAS activities and therefore urged Ugandans to plant more trees as a way of protecting natural resources. She also called on citizens to practice good farming methods to conserve the environment.
The Resident City Commissioner of Kampala who is also a board member of NWSC, Hajati Faridah Mpiima Mayanja who represented the chairman board of NWSC said they chose this competition so that the young generation may teach their parents the reasons of conserving the environment.
Rock View Primary School emerged the winners for the primary section whereas Tororo Girls School was the winner for the secondary section. Both were awarded trophies and 2.5 million shillings each. The winners in category of activities like drama and quiz got a cash prize of 1.5m Shs, the first runner up got one million shs and 500,000/-.