By Gerald Niyirinda
Peruth Nyirambabariye, a senior three Student at St. Gertrude Secondary School in Kisoro District have been awarded school fees for one term after her poem on environmental conservation was the second best out of ten Secondary School from across the Country.
A National Poem Writing Competition about Agro ecology was organized back in June by Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) to promote awareness about the dangers of using Agrochemicals.
The competition also aimed at promoting conservation through education by engaging the youth.
David Oming, Focal Person for Agro Ecology Clubs said most of farmers in Kisoro and around Kigezi region are using Agro chemicals that affect the environment and affect people’s health.
He explained that having the youth participating in Agro ecology is a safe bet that the environment and conservation efforts will pay off in future.
The Head teacher, St. Gertrude Secondary School Sr. Turyamuhaki Victor revealed that the students are focused on smart agriculture and are committed to being ambassadors of change in their communities.
Peruth Nyirambabariye, says she is so pleased that her efforts in composing a poem have yielded positive results and have helped promote conservation in Kisoro and Uganda at large.
Uwimana Peace, mother of the student thanked ESSAF Uganda for supporting her family by agreeing to pay school fees for her child which is a great motivation for others to embrace conservation and going and staying in School.