RCE Greater Eastern Uganda

Photo credits: RCE Greater Eastern Uganda

RCE DETAILS

Region:

Africa & Middle East

Country:

Uganda

Date of RCE acknowledgement:

December 2012

 

DESCRIPTION OF RCE AND GEOGRAPHIC REGION

 

Location and Regional Characteristics

RCE Greater Eastern Uganda (GEURCE) is a network of member organisations ranging from local government to private sector and non-government organisations (NGOs) that aims at creating interconnected, diverse communities living sustainably in eastern and northeastern Uganda. GEURCE covers 32 local government districts lying within Lake Victoria crescent, the southern-eastern Lake Kyoga basin, and Jinja-Mbale agro-ecological farmland zones of Uganda. The population density in the region averages between 129–456 persons per square kilometres. Prominent natural features which surround the region include Mountain Elgon, Lake Kyoga, Lake Victoria and River Nile. These provide sources of livelihood to the population, for example the Mountain Elgon foothills are endowed with fertile volcanic soils and a good climate which supports increased agricultural production. However, the mountain areas suffer from frequent landsides during heavy rains. The soils in other parts of the region are generally sandy, with low soil organic matter levels, are highly susceptible to leaching, and are consequently low in base saturation and rather acidic. As a result, agriculture in this region has shown that the productivity declines as the rapidly growing population overexploits its land resources, consequently resulting in recurrent food shortages and occasional famines. Urban centres are rapidly emerging in the region with the consequences of poor solid waste management which is hazardous, likely leading to the outbreak of diseases. Education standards have declined over time despite the introduction of free primary and secondary education by the government. In general, the performance and standard of education in the national examinations in the region are currently very low as evidenced by poor performance especially in rural areas in national examinations.

 

 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Our Vision

A community working together to promote education for sustainable development principles and practices and contributing to sustainable livelihoods and regional development.

Objectives

  • To promote education for sustainable development principles and practices
  • To contribute to sustainable livelihoods and regional developments

 

Organisation hosting RCE Secretariat: 

 

Educational Institution, University (Busitema University) 

Key partners of the RCE and their roles: 

  • Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU)
    • initiates projects that are unique to their areas of expertise
    • to be consulted and be involved in all the activities of the RCE activities at community or beneficiary level
    • participates in formulating, implementing and monitoring/evaluation

 

ACTIVITIES 

Current Activities

  • Ecotourism study trip to Entebbe to see the various flora and fauna species that are facing extinction in our country and need to be conserved
  • School outreach in both primary and secondary
  • Teaching of Education for Sustainable Development course unit to third year students

Upcoming Activities

  • General cleaning of the University by the BESDA students
  • Tree planting in the communities and schools
  • Periodic presentation about ESD activities at the University

Achievements

  • Ecotourism walk to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – Entebbe to see the various endangered species both of flora and fauna that require attention and conservations. This conservation can be achieved by educating communities for sustainable development.
  • Students’ involvement in Education for Sustainable Development. School outreaches – teaching. School outreach – sensitisation and awareness raising on benefits of education sanitation and hygiene, dangers of contracting HIV/AIDS. The students give talks at lower level schools such as secondary and primary schools during visits.
  • Community outreach – solid waste management. To promote clean environment for the communities through solid waste management in community.
  • Tours made to West Bugwe Forest Reserve, Kidepo National Park for members to appreciate nature at subsidised costs. Funding of some activities such as bird watching. Provided reading materials and some equipment e.g. binoculars.
  • A total of five schools visited and follow-ups made at least once a semester to each school.

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Main RCE Contact:

Dr. Edward Andama
Faculty of Science and Education
Busitema University
e.andama@sci.busitema.ac.ug

Secondary RCE Contact:

Odogola Wilfred
Faculty of Engineering
Busitema University
wrodogola@yahoo.com

RCE Youth Coordinator/s:

Oyege Ivan
oyegeivan@gmail.com

General RCE email:

e.andama@sci.busitema.ac.ug

RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Busitema University
P.O. Box 236, Tororo, Uganda

RCE website:

www.busitema.ac.ug