Integrating Biotech Training in Uganda's Education SystemSeptember 20, 2017
For the fifth year, Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC) has been working with the Ministry of Education and Sports to integrate biotechnology training in the education system using various informal methods. This include extra-curriculum activities such as annual poster drawing and essay writing contests. This year, the themes for the essay writing and poster drawing contests were Biotechnology for climate smart agriculture and Best ways to improve agriculture in Uganda, respectively. The contests attracted over 1,000 submissions from over 50 education institutions of learning from all regions of the country. The themes were chosen to inspire forward thinking among the country's youthful populace in light of contemporary climate change challenges and their significant implications for agriculture.
An awards ceremony was organized at Gayaza High School (one of the participating schools) during the annual national schools farm camp. The event showcased various agricultural best practices and innovations to over 500 students from more than 20 secondary schools nationwide. During the awarding ceremony, UBIC also recognized eleven schools that are engaged in using school gardens.
The contests aimed to raise extensive awareness and inspire interest among the youth about modern agriculture, especially modern agricultural biotechnology in Uganda. This is intended to contribute to constructive dialogue and brainstorming of critical ideas towards the country's achievement of sustainable development goals.
For more information please contact the coordinator UBIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- OFAB Nigeria Recognizes Media for Effective Biotech Reporting
- Uganda Harvests Another Successful GM Cassava Trial
- Purdue Researchers Identify New Soybean Gene to Fight Phytophthora
- Vietnam Encourages Use of GM Corn to Increase Productivity
- FSANZ Calls for Submission on GM Canola Application
- Brookes Presents Global Impact of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) to Indonesian Stakeholders
- Filipino Farmers Await Bt Eggplant Commercialization
- Gene from Wild Grapevine Involved in Powdery Mildew Response in Transgenic Grapevine
- MsmiR156 Promotes Root Development and Nitrogen Fixation Activity in Alfalfa
- Cry1Ac in Tomato Confers Resistance to Tomato Leaf Miner
Plant Breeding Innovations
- CRISPR-Cas9 Used to Analyze Cold Tolerance Related Transcription Factors in Rice
- CRISPR Scissors Utilized to Break Yield Barrier in Crops
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Scientists Sequence Apostasia Orchid Genome
- Increased Expression of FSH Decreases Fecundity in Transgenic Female Pigs
From the BICs
- Integrating Biotech Training in Uganda's Education System
Subscribe to CBU: