African Wildlife Foundation in partnership with Uganda Wildlife Authority has completed and handed over two primary schools to communities that live adjacent to Kidepo Valley National park in Kaabong district.
Kidepo Primary School and Sarachom Primary School that were built with a $900,000 funding from Misha Jannard, were handover on February 4th and 5th respectively.
Kidepo Primary school in Karenga sub-county was initially inside the park before the park headquarters were moved from Apoka to Geremech. Sarachom Primary School is in the community next to farmlands in Lobalangit Subcounty. The schools are in line with the 'Classroom Africa' programme of the African Wildlife Foundation. This programme aims to provide incentives to the local population to embrace wildlife and learn to see it as an opportunity rather than a threat to their livelihoods.
The two schools have been built mainly with local materials found within the area. “Due to the remoteness of the sites and the associated high transport costs, building materials have been carefully selected to be sourced locally wherever possible”, said Felix Holland the designer and architect for the project. He emphasized that the existing local trees species are being protected to an extraordinary extent adding that innovative forms of appropriate agriculture have been introduced in the form of demonstration farms and gardens. Misha Jannard the funder of the project was expressed satisfaction with the work done saying he was glad that the schools will benefit the communities.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority Deputy Director of Field Operations Charles Tumwesigye, that UWA will ensure that the schools are enclosed in an eco-friendly wall to protect the children. He pointed out that management is aware of the potential human-wildlife conflict, especially within the area and all necessary measures are being undertaken to mitigate these conflicts.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on August,14, 2020 received 13 motor bikes with their riding jackets and helmets from African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Executive Director Suudi Bamulesewa. The bikes are to facilitate UWA’s Wildlife Crime Investigation unit move faster to track and attend to incidences of wildlife crime across protected areas. The bikes were handed over to Chairman BoT Dr. Panta Kasoma flanked by UWA Executive Director Sam Mwandha and top management members at Uganda Museum.

In his remarks, Dr. Panta appreciated AWF for the numerous donations extended to the institution especially during the COVID 19 crisis that have strengthened law enforcement operations which has been key to conservation of biodiversity. He noted that the poaching incidences that had previously increased around some protected areas are now considerably reduced. This, he partly attributes to the conservation partners like AWF who have contributed the resources for conservation work. “The loss of tourism due to COVID pandemic has led to reduction of sources of revenue for UWA. This gesture of extending help to where it is needed most to conserve wildlife is very applauded,” Dr. Panta said.

Mr. Bamulesewa on behalf of AWF pledged to continue supporting the conservation efforts and was delighted to be associated with UWA in fulfilment of their conservation mandate. “We shall continue to support all efforts geared towards having wildlife flourish in this country,” he revealed.

UWA ED Sam Mwandha appreciated the great partnership and the fantastic job AWF has been doing in facilitating protection of wildlife in the country especially during the COVID 19 crisis. “This contribution will enable UWA staff to effectively secure national parks better and frustrate the people bend on doing poaching in the protected areas,” he said. 

 

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