Uganda Schools have been advised to form wildlife clubs, among other academic clubs in an exertion to save environment and wildlife to develop the tourism industry.
This, as per the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) chairman board of trustees, Prof. Eric Edroma will help increment the foreign exchange earnings.
“Tourism is the fastest developing industry and foreign exchange earnings of different economies of the world. This is our opportunity since Uganda has been ranked as the one of the good tourism destination in the world,” Edroma said.
“In the event that at least 60% of all of the schools in Uganda had wildlife clubs by the end of next year, it might help reduce the problem of poaching and environmental degradation,” he added.
He made the comments on Wednesday throughout the seventh yeally Wildlife convention celebrated in remembrance of the UN World tourism day 2013 at Entebbe SS. A total of 17 schools from the nation over participated.
They incorporated; Air Force SS, Kawempe Moslem, Mbogo High School, Masaba SS, Ryakasinge Centre for Higher Education from Sheema District and Kitante Hill School. Others schools were Jinja SS, Wanyange Girls, Kisasi College School, Baptist High School, Comprehensive SS, Jinja College, St. Mark’s College Namagoma, Makerere University-Wildlife Club, Nkumba University-IDEAS and Entebbe SS.
Dr. Chris Bakulata, the chairperson of Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) additionally urged youth to begin acknowledging issues of environment and tourism since they are significant to the development of any nation.
Bakulata additionally said there is need for government to review the teaching syllabus to cater for the tourism subjects where students can like the significance of tourism industry to the development of the nation.
“Students can’t manage the environment well when they are not enabled and exposed to it through such activities of the clubs. Let peripheral things not stop you (students) from joining clubs since you are the essential beneficiaries,” Bakulata said.
Schools should arrange trips to different tour destinations around East Africa like in Bwindi Impenetrable national park where there is gorilla trekking activity the main tourist attraction, Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking, Murchison Falls National Park and many others.
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