WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Multi-stakeholder Platform on Education and Environment (MPEEN), is a non-profit making Indigenous Non-Governmental Organization registered in Uganda by both the National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB). As MPEEN, our education and environment sector activities particularly focus on the disadvantaged children and vulnerable communities. Therefore, our attempt to enhance sustainability is two pronged:
Firstly, we recognise that the past insecurity in most parts of Uganda and notably the Northern part, natural disasters in Eastern and Western parts and HIV/AIDS scourge has aggravated the level of need and vulnerability of most populations in the country. This has given rise to: orphans, unimaginable biting poverty and extreme reduction in access to formal education.
Since, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela); our education programmes intentionally target the vulnerable children with the aim of not only increasing access to education but also provide better quality education. We support children with the hope of transforming societies and also making the world a better place.
Our education programmes contain the following aspects: provision of scholarships for orphans, poor and vulnerable children; conducting career guidance and counselling in schools; supporting formal education through donation of scholastic materials to schools; giving motivational speeches in schools; conducting leadership and public speaking trainings in schools; advocacy on gender awareness in education; and teacher training workshops and conferences.
Secondly, we believe that the world is currently witnessing a very drastic shift in its environmental and climatic conditions which have resulted in to heightened atmospheric temperatures, pollution of the atmosphere, drought, floods, wild fires, reduced biodiversity among others.
The greatest challenge to our generation thus far remains environmental irrespective of what we are passionate about. This is because climate change has the potential to affect what we hold dear.
Over the past 150 years, we’ve changed the balance of our planet by living beyond our means. We’ve burnt huge amounts of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, gas), burnt plastics and polythene, bred huge amounts of methane-producing livestock and cut down vast bands of forests, which would naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Since sustainable development is: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Brundtland). Then, the present human activities are not sustainable since they hamper the chance of the future generation to benefit or enjoy the same resources.
As MPEEN, we recognise that youth involvement (especially those of school going age) and community engagement is the magic bullet in addressing environmental challenges as well as attaining sustainable development. As such, we strongly believe that sustainable battle against climate change can only be accomplished through proactive engagement of the younger population.
Therefore, MPEEN aims at impacting lives through a plethora of multi-dimensional approaches to climate change mitigation and environmental conservation measures such as: training in schools and community on climate adaptation and environmental management and protection; promoting use of alternative energies; reforestation projects; polythene and plastic management; and construction and rehabilitation of water sources.
We are passionate in partnering and collaborating with different stakeholders towards rebuilding mother earth because the responsibility to fight adverse effects of climate change rests squarely on every individual and institution
Although the we have made great strides in fulfilling our mandate in both education and environmental departments, the need for our services and presence is still overwhelming. Hence, the mismatch between the prevalent societal need and available finances remains our greatest challenge.
I take this opportunity to welcome you to the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on Education and Environment website http://www.mpeenug.org. I believe you will find the information listed very useful.
We stand and cherish our Motto “Sustainable development through holistic Education”.