The media plays an important role in the economic and social development of any country. To equip energy and business journalists in Uganda with relevant knowledge and information about the renewable energy sector, Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA) in partnership with United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), today trained up to 25 media professionals operating in the country.
The training was held at Protea by Marriot Hotel in Kampala and was attended by reporters and editors from Uganda’s most prominent media houses. The journalists were also taken on a familiarization trip to Power Trust Uganda, a solar energy firm that is promoting the use of solar energy for productive use. Power Trust is one of the eight beneficiaries of the just concluded Renewable Energy Challenge Fund (RECF) which was organized by the Embassy of Sweden and UNCDF Cleanstart Programme.
Speaking at the training, Joyce Nkuyahaga, the Chief Executive Officer of USEA, commended the media for promoting the use of solar energy and other renewable energy forms in Uganda and pledged her support to the participants, to help bridge the existing information gap between the sector and the media in Uganda
“USEA is cognizant of the role of the media and need for access to the right information and experts in the renewable energy sector, in raising awareness about the benefits of transitioning from climate harming technologies to clean energy solutions like solar,” Nkuyahaga explained.
“We believe that by providing training and other opportunities that the media can leverage in providing the necessary information to the public, the media will be empowered to report effectively about this sector and promote the use of solar energy among millions of people in Uganda,” she noted.
As part of its efforts, USEA together with Energy without Borders has been conducting a month long awareness campaign dubbed Let’s Go Solar aimed at promoting the use of solar products in Soroti, and Mbale Municipalities, to sensitize up to 149,675 and 108,558 households, respectively. The campaign which is expected to benefit over half a million Ugandans living in the two districts, started on January 9th , 2019 ends on March 1.
Mr. Julius Magala, the Energy Access Coordinator, Clean Start Programme (UNCDF) who opened the media training session, applauded USEA for the initiative and its role in promoting the use of clean energy among Ugandans.
“Access to clean energy remains a challenge for many communities in Uganda and hinders economic development. It’s therefore important that USEA and the media work together to help address the bottlenecks that people face in accessing quality clean energy solutions, if Uganda is to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” he said. view more