Aga Khan High school (Kampala, Uganda) emerges the Regional winner in Sub-Saharan Africa ‘Your World’ Global Competition 2017/2018.
Aga Khan High school from Uganda emerged as the Regional winner for Sub-Saharan Africa in the ‘Your World’ global competition 2017/2018. The all-girls team of students aged 14-17 years old submitted a short video that highlighted the garbage disposal problems faced by Kampala City (the capital of Uganda).
The students visited the Kampala City's main garbage landfill and documented the core of the city's garbage problem highlighting the tonnes of plastic waste and the need to handle it appropriately. They also show cased the pollution being experienced in Bwaise, a Kampala suburb and visited the Nakivubo Channel, a stream that cuts through the city chocking with all sorts of garbage and plastics. Looking at the video, it was evident that the city of Kampala indeed has a garbage disposal problem.
“On visiting the Kitezi landfill site; it is evident that the dumping site is almost full. Kampala City Council Authority has to find a new dumping site soon. With no apparent recycling processes in place, the polluted garbage pile is simply rotting away. What shall we do with this un usable mixed pile of garbage in the years to come?” – Moses Musana (coordinating teacher).
Participating in this video has improved our confidence and enabled us to learn how to express a concern in a creative way as a team. I hope our video benefits the world and helps stop pollution.”- Alexandra Aaliya Busingye (team leader). 4 teams participated in the competition in Aga Khan High school before a winning team was chosen.
In addition to the plaque and branded goodies awarded to the winning team, all 4 participating teams in Aga Khan High school will be engaged in a Creative Enterprise skills workshop; where the British Council works with Nesta to share their Creative Enterprise Toolkit. The training introduces creative and practical tools which offer a useful framework for developing, testing and turning creative ideas into a sustainable practice. Furthermore, the Head Teacher of the school, Mr. Michael Musaazi will be sponsored to attend the annual Schools Now! International Conference for school principals organized by the British Council, for schools which are part of the British Council Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN).
In September 2017, the British Council’s Partner Schools Global network launched the third ‘Your World’ global competition for school students. The competition is open to students who take UK school examinations such as International GCSEs and A levels at schools in the British Council network. The theme for this academic year was ‘Natural Environment’.
This competition gave students from 21 countries an insight into the lives of students from cultures very different to their own. 348 schools from around the world competed globally in this competition. The Global winners were from Kuwait, and they will be flying to the UK this summer along with their teacher to attend an accredited British Council school for creative Arts.
The winning video can be accessed here. The other amazing ‘Your World’ videos submitted by students from around the world can be accessed here.