Nature conservation faces a new promise from the newly-crowned Mr and Miss Wildlife students ,they said they will use their positions to educate their peers on the environment just after they were crowned at Kitante Hill School.
Moses Waibi, a Senior Four student at Kira College Butiki located in Jinja and Gadaffi Nawal, a Senior Five student of Kisaasi College Kampala, took two days off their books for a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia after they were crowned Mr and Miss Wildlife 2013 during the Environment Education competition at Kitante Hill School and they instantly won free fully-sponsored trips to go for a wildlife experience and promote Uganda wildlife as well. Mr Dan Nuwamanya, an environment Lecturer at Makerere University, Ms Patricia Adoki, a Biology and science lecturer from Gulu University and Ms Claire Wandera, an education officer from Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre, were the judges of the event.
Before crowning the Mr. and Miss Wildlife 2013 winners,Mr. Fagil Mandy, the chairperson of the Uganda National Examinations Board, stated that Wildlife clubs enable students appreciate what they learn and it is a basic requirement for education which should walk hand in hand with the students’ syllabus.
He also emphasized that schools should encourage formation of such interactive clubs which boost co-curricular activities to enable their students have a diverse understanding of important aspects of life.
After being crowned, Waibi the reigning Mr. Wildlife promised to use his position to promote environment education in schools while Nawal Miss Wildlife 2013 promised to be an environmental ambassador in schools across Uganda to boost the Uganda safari industry.
These lucky Uganda Wildlife winners beat over 98 students in a hotly-contested competition that covered a variety of areas like, general knowledge, thematic questions, and general presentation as well as knowledge on the environment and Uganda wildlife.
The Vice Chancellor of the East African University and board member of the Uganda Wildlife Clubs of Uganda Prof. Eric Edroma, said they had come a long way in conserving Uganda’s nature and environment. He compared the sector’s current state way back to 1975 when poaching was at a high peak to what the Uganda Safari industry has attained and can hold its head high about today.
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