By JOB BWIRE
Schools have been urged to form wildlife clubs, among other academic clubs in an effort to conserve environment and wildlife to promote the tourism industry.
This, according to the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) chairman board of trustees, Prof. Eric Edroma will help increase the foreign exchange earnings.
“Tourism is the fastest growing sector and foreign exchange earnings of different economies of the world. This is our chance since Uganda has been rated as the number one tourism destination in the world,” Edroma said.
“If only at-least 60% of all the schools in Uganda had wildlife clubs by the end of next year, it would help alleviate the challenge of poaching and environmental degradation,” he added.
He made the remarks on Wednesday during the 7th annual Wildlife convention celebrated in commemoration of the UN World tourism day 2013 at Entebbe SS. A total of 17 schools from across the country participated.
They included; Air Force SS, Kawempe Moslem, Mbogo High School, Masaba SS, Ryakasinge Centre for Higher Education from Sheema District and Kitante Hill School.
Others were Jinja SS, Wanyange Girls, Kisasi College School, Baptist High School, Comprehensive SS, Jinja College, St. Mark’s College Namagoma, Makerere University-Wildlife Club, Nkumba University-IDEAS and Entebbe SS.
Dr. Chris Bakulata, the chairperson governing council WCU also encouraged youth to start appreciating issues of environment and tourism because they are significant to the development of any country.
Bakulata also said there is need for government to review the teaching syllabus to cater for the tourism subjects where students will be able to appreciate the importance of tourism sector to the development of the country.
“Students cannot manage the environment well when they are not empowered and exposed to it through such activities of the clubs. Let peripheral things not stop you (students) from joining clubs because you are the primary beneficiaries,” Bakulata said.