The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) launched the first volume of conservation education books meant for secondary schools in Uganda. The book which teaches about biodiversity and ecosystems was launched at the centre and targets learners both in lower and upper secondary level.
While launching the book, DR. James Musinguzi, the UWEC executive director noted that the centre is mandated by the government of Uganda to among others, carry out conservation education in the country.
He explained that the book is an aid to support the secondary school education curriculum. By launching this book, we are bridging the knowledge gap through creating massive awareness about environmental conservation in Uganda,” Dr. Musinguzi stated.
According to David Musingo, the UWEC manager in charge of education, there will be other volumes published in line with conservation education for secondary schools.
Among these include, the second volume which will teach about pollution, waste management and emerging environmental issues whereas the third volume will teach learners about wildlife conservation and tourism, plus the fourth volume which will teach about water, energy and technology.
Venice Mirembe, the manager for conservation under the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said many people are arrested for violation of wildlife rules and laws which they are ignorant about. “But with such conservation efforts, we hope that people will understand and appreciate the importance of conservation and biodiversity which in return, will reduce the wildlife related cases,” expressed Mirembe.
UWEC is also developing the teachers guide to help teachers understand the content summary and effectively engage learners to carry out the activities as well as facilitating call to action.
The secondary schools conservation education book will be rolled out to all schools nationwide with support from the National Curriculum development center and the ministry of education and sports. It will be distributed free of charge.
While celebrating International day of zoo keepers in October, UWEC also revealed plans of introducing animal keeping as a course to be taught by higher institutions of learning, starting from a certificate level.
Dr. Musinguzi (then) revealed that UWEC was working closely with the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) to come up with a zoo animal-keeper management course where animal-keepers can be trained and certified by DIT.
During the celebration of International zoo-keepers day, three publications that highlight the husbandry of lions, peafowl breeding and parrots breeding were launched by zoo-keepers at UWEC.
The Tuesday function was attended by Dr. Joshua Rukundo, the executive director for Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust which manages Ngamba chimpanzee island, Christine Mugyenyi who represented the National Forestry Authority and Joseph Agaba from the National Curriculum Development Centre among others.