Teachers from 34 schools participated in the orientation ahead of the Uganda Space Challenge scheduled for October this year. The orientation took place at Wanyange Girls in Jinja, Uganda. This is the second year in which RCMRD through the SERVIR-ESA project is organizing the RCMRD Space Challenge in Uganda.
It is held as a way of giving back to society. SERVIR -ESA introduced the activity dubbed RCMRD Space Challenge targeting primary and secondary schools to enlighten and equip children in RCMRD member States on some of the causes and drivers of climate change. The RCMRD space challenge is meant to equip students from high schools in Uganda and other RCMRD member States with necessary skills related to climate change and its drivers.
The challenge helps in building resilience to climate change among the youthful generation in the society and also influences behavior change in regards to climate related issues.This platform also encourages exchange of climatic data and partnerships between likeminded institutions like GLOBE and TAHMO for sustainability purposes.
The Uganda Space Challenge leverages on a partnership between RCMRD, TAHMO, GLOBE Program [Uganda] an Environmental Education program which provides students with practical skills in environmental study, data collection and analysis), Makerere University, Akorion, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, and the Ministry of Education and Sports Uganda. This year, RCMRD added Linking weather parameters to land cover changes. RCMRD intends to replicate the challenge across the member States.