Kampala, Uganda, 19 Dec 2013

Refresher course held in Kampala, Uganda

From 7-11 October, a Refresher Course took place in Kampala, Uganda. During this week, UNESCO-IHE alumni followed this course, which was focused on 'Integrated Water and Sanitation Management in Urban Slums and the Surrounding Environment'. The course was held in Fairway Hotel in Kampala, and was hosted by Prof. Dr. Frank Kansiime (alumnus) and Dr. Charles Niwagaba from Makerere University.

Course leader was Dr. Jan Willem Foppen from UNESCO-IHE. The first two days of the course were devoted to the role of slums in the catchment with particular emphasis on the slum's contribution to eutrophication in the catchment downstream of the slum. Also, a good deal of time was devoted to getting to know each other and each other's work via poster sessions and an informal opening cocktail in the Green Garden of the hotel. 

Later during the week, more emphasis was put on developing a proposal together. The last day was a field day, whereby the slums of Kampala were visited, the wetlands downstream of the slum, grey water filters, and a kiln, which is an oven in which roof tiles were produced by burning dried faecal sludge, originating from the slum.

Furthermore, a visit to a dance event at the Ndere Centre delivered a touch of Ugandan culture to the group, and, finally, the Netherlands Ambassador, Mr. Hennekens, kindly hosted a reception at his residence for all Ugandan alumni of Dutch tertiary education programs. The course was intense, rewarding, refreshing, and the group of participants attending the course was dynamic, eager to learn, and very positive. Altogether an absolute joy!

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