Students challenged to take part in fight against substandard products

Some of the Essay Competition winners in a group photo with TBS Acting Director General, Dr Egid Mubofu (right) and UNEP Coordinator, Ms Clara Makenya.

Students have been challenged to take a leading role in the fight against substandard products by keeping themselves aware of the products’ impact to human beings and the environment.

The challenge was issued by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Acting Director General Dr Egid Mubofu during the presentation of awards to essay competition winners from primary and secondary schools which was held recently at TBS Headquarters.

Dr Mubofu said students play a vital role in the fight against challenges facing environmental degradation, climate change and trans-boundary pollution, many of which are caused by the increasing population and consumption patterns and poverty, particularly in developing countries.

He further said through essay competition, children and youth had the opportunity to analytically consider how lifestyle can empower them as young people in realising the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Number 12 on ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Dr Mubofu also said essay competition inspires and influences concrete behavioural change needed to address the issue of environmental degradation caused by unsustainable consumption and use of quality goods and products.

“The world is facing numerous environmental challenges, ranging from environmental degradation, climate change and trans-boundary pollution, many of which are driven by increasing population, consumption concerns and poverty, particularly in developing countries,” said Dr Mubofu, adding that this requires awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles to the general public. 

Speaking earlier, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Coordinator, Ms Clara Makenya said the competition was part of the UN agenda to educate people on sustainable development.

“It is a great pleasure for us as UNEP to partner with TBS, not as donors, but as partners, to perpetuate the environmental agenda through awareness creation for responsible lifestyle choices,” she said

She said UNEP is proud of all students for their great skills and levels of understanding when it comes to analysing issues and reflections on how substandard products have huge impact on the environment.

Winners of the competition which involved 75 students and their schools in brackets are Nairath Ngururu (Almuntazir Primary School), Eldred Medard (Valentine Primary School) and Shilun Laizer (Havard Primary School), all based in Dar es Salaam.

Winners from Secondary Schools were Zainab Kambi (Academic International School), Frank Kapinga (Kibaha Secondary School), and Pius Molel (St. Jude Secondary School).

All winners emerged with various prizes which included iPads, external hard disks and mathematical sets.