Uganda is one of the world’s fastest growing countries in terms of population size. Around 20 million or 55% of the population is under the age of 18. Children attend day schools or boarding schools (depending on distance) who use primarily firewood to cook school meals and boil drinking water for the cafeteria. This has put immense pressure on forests surrounding urban and peri-urban areas.
As many parents cannot afford to pay for a meal and children’s school performance suffers, the Government has prepared a school feeding programme, which will provide financial support and promote the dissemination of energy efficient cook stoves in schools.
The Green School NAMA, which was prepared by the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development with support of the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme, aims at providing integrated sustainable energy solutions for schools in Uganda. The NAMA introduces improved institutional cook stoves (IICSs); improved sanitation conditions through bio-latrines and solar PV lighting and/or electricity supply. NAMA Financing combines traditional and innovative sources including a Revolving Loan Fund, donor grants, crowdfunding, CSR contributions, and national government contributions.
The Green School NAMA will cover all types of schools and educational institutions in Uganda, including more than 18,000 primary schools, almost 3,000 secondary schools, and about 50 tertiary schools.
The NAMA was developed by Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme with the generous support from the European Union, the German Environment Ministry (BMUB), and the Government of Australia.
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