USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation (ERRICA) Activity under the auspices of Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) is in collaboration with the Kampala capital city authority (KCCA) and Peace Corps have supported university students from Kyambogo University, Mountains of the Moon University, Busitema University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Makerere University by training them to develop climate change teaching and, training materials and guides for use in reaching primary and secondary schools, other university students and farming communities.
Through this partnership with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Education Department, (ERRICA) Activity has supported the dissemination of Climate information through student’s internships that build KCCA teachers and students to build knowledge and support the KCCA Climate Change action plan. This contributes to building a Climate resilient future for the city.
Youth boot camp training and internship is another way through which (ERRICA) Activity supports the dissemination of Climate information. A boot camp is a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training. The youth boot camp training has helped focus the knowledge of university students around Climate Change and trained them on how to share that knowledge. They are trained to deliver Climate Change adaptation information to different audiences in their communities.
ERRICA conducts workshops on developing educational materials, teaching guides and aids for teachers and students for incorporation into the National Primary and Secondary School Curriculum were held.
Seminar series program is an important channel for awareness raising on the Climate Change topic. It serves as an avenue for MUCCRI to present itself to stakeholders and the Public as an important Centre for research and Climate Change capacity building. The Climate Change Seminar Series serves to increase the ability of staff, students at Makerere University and the Public to work closely with a wide range of practitioners to address an array of Climate related topics.
Seminar series are also potential channels for students and organizations to network for internships and future collaboration. Further, they present an opportunity for MUCCRI/Activity to identify new research findings and climate information to disseminate to all MUCCRI stakeholders and raise awareness of the work the Centre is undertaking.
The effort to establish a network of champions is supported by USAID funded Activities whose focus is on creating and supporting an enabling environment, building capacity, and improving local readiness to plan and undertake adaptation actions mainly for agricultural production systems and locationally-related district management and functions.
The USAID /Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation (ERICCA), shares an interest in supporting and building capacity for agricultural systems with farmers and their supporting districts that are resilient to the impacts of Climate Change.
A Climate champion is a local/regional “go-to” person for accurate and useful Climate Change advice. A regional Climate champion is a person who is passionate about understanding the Climate science basics, the likely impacts in their regions, and the ways to respond. They can provide helpful advice and guidance as district local governments begin/carry out the planning processes of adaptation and mitigation around a changing Climate.
ERICCA trains Climate champion that will become a long term channel of information dissemination – in two directions. First as a source of support to various levels of local government and others as they begin in earnest to plan responses to Climate Changes; and second as a source of feedback or dialog with researchers and policy makers to identify information/policy/institutional needs of communities that may be addressed through research and/or policy/institutional interventions or to provide updates on community activities to those within and outside the community.