e-Learning comments Kenya

Biopolis – Sustainable Urban Development 2011

This course will help me a lot not only in my career but also in ensuring, once I get the opportunity to serve the local authorities, that I will be equipped with a strong background about ways of keeping the environment clean while enabling development to continue in a sustainable manner. Being an environmental consultant, this course will help me to have a broader understanding of both the scientific and social aspects of environmental sustainability, and will play a major role as I jump start my career as an Environmental Chemist. Nusrat Mutta-Begum, Research Assistant, Kenya, POPs and Pesticide Residue Analysis Laboratory, University of Nairobi, Kenya

The materials covered in this course helped me in my classroom teaching by enlightening my students on some of the simple actions that can lead to sustainable urban development, like recycling, water conservation and waste reduction strategies that we encounter in our daily lives. The most valuable aspect of the course that I have incorporated in my field of study is capacity building, by training and informing individuals through lessons indicated in this module and rigorous research and learning opportunities so that the university can become an engine for sustainable environmental enhancement. This can be achieved through student forums in the university, like environmental clubs. Juliah Khayeli Akhwale, Part-time Lecturer/Ph.D. Student, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Food, Agriculture and the Environment 2011-2013

The material covered in this module has been of immense value to me, to say the very least. Though I may not be using it so directly in my day-to-day teaching, I am finding myself constantly making use of this knowledge to interact much better with the environment. In matters involving environmental pollution, soil erosion, waste disposal and how to best manage the environment, this module has been invaluable. Delaide Mungai, Lecturer, Kagumo Teacher’s College, Kenya

The course module has enabled me to have a broader outlook on environmental issues and to grasp the great effects that simple acts have on the environment. It helped me to integrate various aspects in my teaching and to give relevance to the courses that I teach. The most valuable topics were quality and safety in food and agricultural products. I have a research interest in the reduction of pesticide residues in rice and rice products and, thus, was energized by this module. Leonard Gitu, Lecturer, Jomo Kenyattta University of Agriculture and Tecnology, Kenya

Green Salary 2010-2011

The course module has enabled me to have a broader outlook on environmental issues and to grasp the great effects that simple acts have on the environment. It helped me to integrate various aspects in my teaching to give relevance to the course that I teach. The most valuable topics were brownfield restoration and green employment in the transport sector. I have been involved in small projects on evaluation of heavy metals in underground and river waters, and in the use of agricultural wastes in production of ethanol, and now I have a broader view that can help me and others in applying and influencing the commercialization of the projects in an environmentally sustainable way. Leonard Gitu, Lecturer, Jomo Kenyattta University of Agriculture and Tecnology, Kenya

It has enabled me to know that the unemployed can also contribute to the environment. I intend to start a similar initiative where the unemployed youth in my estate volunteer for environmental works like clean-ups. Wilson Rading Outa, Research Fellow, The Rand Institute for Policy and Education, Kenya

The problem of unemployment is a major issue in Kenya. The idea of green salaries helps in creating employment and protecting the environment at the same time. Introducing the idea of green salaries to students will help them to open their minds, so that when they complete their degree they can think of work opportunities or even ways of creating employment through green salaries. Irene Orina, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Teaching Assistant, Kenya

The course has broadened my perspective on possible measures that can be taken to protect the environment, especially in the developing world where I come from. I have acquired additional information that I can cite during my teaching of an Environmental Technology course. The most striking and important aspect of the course is the fact that investing in environmentally friendly practices actually pays. I sometimes work in a food analysis laboratory with many gas emissions and chemical releases and now realize that incorporating good environmental practices into my work can attract more clients since, nowadays, people are more health conscious and are looking for greener options for the benefit of the environment and their health as well. Josephine Kimani, Assistant Lecturer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

I hold an M.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Nairobi and desire to work with the government to help improve not only water quality but also the status of environment. This course will add tremendous value to my career not only in terms of academic credentials, but by also adding to the social knowledge that we do not get to be exposed to as scientists. This course will bring in the interdisciplinary element and help me to understand the environmental and social aspects of life (in addition to the chemistry or biology knowhow). It will also help me in drafting a meaningful doctorate research proposal when I start looking for a Ph.D. scholarship. Nusrat Mutta-Begum, Research Assistant, POPs and Pesticide Residue Analysis Laboratory, University of Nairobi, Kenya

The material covered in this course helped in my classroom teaching by enlightening my students about how to keep the environment clean while earning some income. Youth unemployment is high in Kenya, hence ideas on how to set up small green businesses that clean the environment and generate some money is welcome. Green jobs will not only keep them busy but also offer employment to individuals with low skills. The most valuable aspect of the course that I have incorporated in my field of study is the creation of genetic banks. My field of study is biotechnology. With a few genetic banks of plants, animals and microbes important to biotechnology already available, this initiative can also target city biodiversity and preserve the genetic material of endemic plant and animal species, thereby protecting the enormous wealth and diversity of local species. Juliah Khayeli Akhwale, Part-time Lecturer/Ph.D. Student, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Natural Resources 2010

The course has enabled me to gain wide knowledge on forestry and soil quality. This is important because unsustainable use aggravates land degradation and desertification, which leaves the land barren. I intend to mobilize grassroots organizations in my province to combat desertification and explain the importance of trees to the general community. Wilson Rading Outa, Research Fellow, Rand Institute for Policy and Education, Kenya

Sustainable Forest Protection and Management 2011-2013

Through this course I have been able to learn how forests can be established, which I find very informative especially being in a country where we are trying to recover the forests which have deteriorated. The culture of growing trees can be instilled in my students by forming environmental clubs which will teach the students the importance of growing trees, how to grow them and even how to maintain them. Irene Orina, Jomo Teaching Assistant, Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Kenya