Makerere University Climate Change Association (MUCCA)
No. of Members
Equipping Students for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Key Activities & Achievments:
Distributed 1,000 seedlings grown from our model nusery.
Organised 3-day bootcamp for 75 students in January 2015
Creating a curriculum to educate students about our environment
Makerere University Climate Change Association (MUCCA) was founded in 2012 to act as a platform for university students to promote student engagement with climate change adaptation and mitigation.
They first began to be supported by UniTED at the end of 2013. MUCCA had been granted a small bit of land just off Makerere campus in Kikumi Kikumi and its 50 members had started to plant trees with the fruit seeds and milk carton (for potting bags) collected from fellow students and restaurants.
UniTED helped them to document activities and create a new business model to fund their activities by diversifying the types of seedlings they were planting. We then connected them to volunteers from the University of Oxford, who helped them to research similar associations around the world and create a strategic plan to reach many more students.
A volunteer, Tyra, came to Uganda during her summer holidays in 2014 and worked intensively on planning for the next year and beyond. “She was really so passionate,” Sadam, one of MUCCA’s co-founders told us. “She spent a lot of time with us… What we did with her in a month, could have taken a year”
The plan they devised, with UniTED’s continued guidance, had at its centre running a training camp for university students from around Uganda. Equipped with this plan, MUCCA received funding and expert facilitators from USAID, FHI360, and REDD+ for the 3 day event. UniTED also helped them recruit participants from universities around Uganda.
The training was held in January 2015 at Makerere University, with 75 participants. These participants then formed groups to create a professional curriculum to take into Ugandan schools to educate tens-of-thousands of children about climate change.
In 2016, the training was held again to intensively develop this curriculum.
UniTED is now helping MUCCA to create a new organisation for the development of the curriculum with the founders continuing to run this, and helping to ensure a smooth handover to a new generation of MUCCA leaders.
“UniTED has give [us] so much hope!” says Sadam.