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Kibuli wins climate change quiz challenge

By Nelson Kiva

Added 30th May 2019 10:19 AM

As part of the activities to mark the Nordic National Day scheduled for Thursday, the competition attracted eight schools.

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Kibuli SS students, winners in the climate change Quiz celebrating their victory alongside their teacher, Aliku Yassin senior secondary school on Wednesday 2. (Photo by Ivan Kabuye.)

As part of the activities to mark the Nordic National Day scheduled for Thursday, the competition attracted eight schools.

CLIMATE CHANGE
 
KAMPALA- Kibuli Secondary School on Wednesday emerged the winner of a quiz challenge on climate change.
 
As part of the activities to mark the Nordic National Day scheduled for Thursday, the competition attracted eight schools.
 
They are Kibuli SS, Makerere College, Luzira SS, Kitante Hill School, Kitebi SS, Kololo SS Kawempe Muslim, and Lubiri SS.
 
Organized by the Swedish Embassy on behalf of the four Nordic Embassies in Kampala, in collaboration with Kampala Capital Authority (KCCA) and the New Vision, the quiz is intended to engage the youth to arouse their resolve to contribute to the environmental security for generations to come.
 
The Nordic embassies which include Iceland, Denmark, Norwegian and Sweden, ahead of Nordic Day Celebrations agreed to have climate change and the environment as the focus of this year’s celebrations.
 
  akerere ollege students the second runners up in the climate change quiz celebrating their victory alongside their teacher at ibuli econdary chool on ednesday hoto by van abuye Makerere College students the second runners up in the climate change quiz celebrating their victory alongside their teacher at Kibuli Secondary School on Wednesday. (Photo by Ivan Kabuye.)

 

Though all the students demonstrated impressive knowledge on the topic (climate change), Kitebi SS and Kololo were eliminated from the quiz in the initial stage after scoring the least points.
 
Lubiri, Kawempe, and Kololo lost it at the semi-finals. In the final round, Kibuli defeated Makerere College (second position) and Luzira SS (third).
 
Majbrit Holm Jakobsen, Danish Head of Mission to Uganda, said:  “As Nordic countries, the issue of climate change is something we take very seriously because it is a real problem and we need to take it seriously.
 
But I’m very happy that we put this on the agenda because even in Uganda here, there are also challenges with climate change mostly in Mt. Elgon areas and Kampala,” she said.
 
She added that the severe drought in Karamoja was affecting the livelihoods of the people and their quality of life.
 
“The good thing is that Uganda is waking up to this through re-forcing its legal framework and other good initiatives but we also need to a bit more,” Jakobsen added.
 

Student’s of Lubiri SS (left) discussing the answers during the climate change quiz at Kibuli Secondary School on Wednesday. (Photo by Ivan Kabuye)

The commissioner in charge of climate change department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, Chebet Maikut, said, the cabinet has already passed the Climate Change Bill 2018 and it is waiting to be tabled in Parliament.
 
He said this will be a big milestone to Uganda’s response to the changing climate which is already wrecking problems in different parts of the country in form of the floods, droughts, storms, pollution, human and life stock diseases.
 
Edison Masereka, manager Business and Research at KCCA said the issue of climate change was cross-cutting calling for increased discussions about the challenge.
 
“If we get the youth and the students to understand this, the better, we shall have the future sorted in dealing with climate change.
 
While we have challenges we have to deal with, this is an opportunity to innovate in terms of the questions that have been asked,” he disclosed.
 
 

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