On Tuesday 16th February 2010, a group of Bachelor of Adult and Community Education (BACE) students resolved to form an academic/social club. They agreed to call the club “ESD Club”. The club was formed on the background that we are living in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) that was declared by UN Member states (including Uganda) in December 2002, calling on member states to integrate ESD into their education plans and across all levels of education.
After a series of workshops/meetings on ESD (like the ESD training workshop for teachers organised by UNESCO in 2008 and, the 1st ESD Core team’s meeting on Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainable Development Concerns in Ugandan Public and Private Universities’ Programmes organised by NEMA in 2009), the students were interested in the idea of forming a club as a forum to present an opportunity for them to contribute to the Sustainable Development campaign. Through concerted efforts by the interested students and members of staff in the Department of Adult Education and Communication Studies, the ESD Club was formed and officially launched on Thursday 6th May 2010.
The Vision of the Makerere University ESD Club is to become the leading practical and academic mobiliser of efforts to ensure adoption and implementation of sustainable development practices in Makerere University and surrounding areas in support and or complement of other efforts by other government and civil society institutions.
The Mission of the Makerere University ESD Club is to impact the community within and without, Makerere University by supporting the students to obtain practical competences needed to work together in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in participatory processes, while bringing the global dimension into individual learning environments, which competences are translated into permeable educational activities in the surrounding communities.
“Knowledge for a Living Earth”
In pursuance of the Club’s Mission and Vision, the Club observes the following compelling values:
a) Respect for the Laws of the republic of Uganda
b) Mutual respect among human beings
c) Respect for the flora and fauna of the earth
d) Preservation of the biosphere
a) Respect for the rights of human beings to survive and thrive, economically
b) Respect and the preservation of culture and the heritages there in
c) Respect for all practical and theoretical knowledge that can lead to sustainable development
d) Respect for all efforts and ideas that support sustainable development practices
e) Strict social, economic/financial and environmental accountability
Membership to the club is open to all staff and students of Makerere University who appreciate the values and subscribe to the belief that the world today needs drastic measures toward sustainable living practices.
To become a member, one usually fills relevant Membership Registration Forms. Depending on personal interest and commitment, an individual may apply for any of the following three classes of membership:
Note: There are no special qualities required of a member to qualify for any of the two membership classes, apart from the financial commitment for the respective membership classes.
a) Gold Membership
A Gold member pays in local currency (round figure on the upper side) a Membership Fee of the equivalent of four ($ 4) U.S. dollars per semester.
b) Silver Membership
A Silver member pays in local currency (round figure on the upper side) a Membership Fee of the equivalent of two ($ 2) U.S. dollars per semester.
We are open to partnerships and networks with non-political organisations, companies and institutions that share some or all our values and, or activities. Our partners are not required to pay membership fees, but can rather make contributions as and when stipulated in any memoranda of understanding/agreements signed between the partners and Makerere University ESD Club.
However, where our partners require membership fees from Makerere University ESD Club, the fees will be duly paid to consecrate the partnerships.
Makerere University ESD Club follows participatory processes of reaching decisions to implement projects and activities. While the Board of Governors and Executive Board have their tasks to play and make decisions on as well as make suggestions to the General Assembly, the Club members (General Assembly or a committee delegated by the General Assembly) take the final decision on the projects, activities to implement and partnerships to operationalise.
When decisions are made by the General Assembly, the Executive Board is mandated to have the decisions executed in the manner agreed upon by the General Assembly.
The Executive Board then reports to the General Assembly on the implementation of the decisions. The Board of Governors plays an overseer/guardianship role to the Club.
Organs of the Club
The club has three organs;
a) General assembly
The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Club. It comprises of all members who satisfy all the membership requirements.
b) The Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is the guardian organ of the club. It plays an advisory role and ensures the smooth running and sustainability of the club.
It comprises of the Patron and members of staff seconded by the different University departments participating in the Club activities. The secretary to this Board is the Club Coordinator who keeps track of the day-to-day running of the club in liaison with the Executive Board. The Coordinator is a member of staff of Makerere University and is the link between the students, lecturers and partners. The Coordinator also ensures appointment of the Executive Board.
c) Executive Board
The Executive Board is the implementing organ of the ESD Club. This is the Board that executes the decisions made by the Board of Governors and the General Assembly. It in turn reports to the two organs on matters of implementation and running of the Club. Members of this Board are appointed by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the General Assembly. The tenure for the Executive Board is one academic year.