The theme; “Transforming Students into Sustainability Leaders” carried the day at the UNEP-DHI Eco-Challenge competition held on July 16th, 2016 at Light Academy Nairobi. The event, kicked off colorfully with nine hundred (900) students from various Secondary Schools within Nairobi county participating.
Various organizations came on board to support the students’ competition and NETFUND was highly recognized. Other organizations were National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Wildlife Fund.
The event was officially opened by Mr. Ramazan Akillic; Principal Light academy and later on students were placed in distinctive groups to start competing. This was an online competition that was based on accumulation of points based on creative ways of increasing availability and management of water in schools.
NETFUND was represented by a team of three at the Eco-challenge competition;Kihara Gabriel, project Assistant, Nelson Mapesa, Intern Resource mobilization and communications department and George Mochu, a beneficiary of NETFUND GIA project. In his presentation,Kihara called upon students to remain focused and to fully give their creative skills into innovative ideas that can contribute to sustainability. Georgre Mochu also came up as a reference point for the students to not only view education as a road to employment but as an opportunity for innovative sustainable ideas. Dr. Jared Bosire, conservation Director at WWF also called upon the students to take advantage of environmental studies and green growth as key for development.
World Student Community (WSCSD-Kenya) is a youth-led and student-focused non-profit organization, aimed at creating opportunities for students to learn more about Sustainable Development formed and registered by the government of Kenya in 2013