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Bushenyi Municipal Academy has doubled efforts in teaching the pupils to conserve the environment. Pupils at the school are being educated to look at the trees, swamps, and generally the green environment in a positive way.

This according to Mrs. Abby Ayebaze, the director, a way of creating a sense of consciousness and participation, and to help the pupils acquire a knowledge of ecological principles aimed at ensuring a balance between the health of the individual, society, and the environment.

The pupils are taken out for tours in the forests around and far from the school so they can see with their eyes what they learn in class.

“I want them to first appreciate the environment around. This can act as a demo or a case study when they are spreading the message of environmental conservation and protection. We teach by giving examples and this makes pupils get the message.” She says

On top of class work, the school encourages pupils to plant trees at school and in around their homes.

Pupils with their Director during one of the eco tours at Rukararwe. FILE PHOTO

This makes pupils grow and study with a sense of ownership of their environment which, in many places, has become lost over time.

Wikipedia defines environmental protection as the practice of protecting the natural environment by individuals, organisations and governments. Its objectives are to conserve natural resources and the existing natural environment and, where possible, to repair damage and reverse trends.