The initiative, among other things, aims at conserving the environment, improving energy efficiency in cooking, lighting, and water harvesting in schools.

During the launch, Ms Museveni said the project will change the face of schools and institutions in the country.

“Many of our schools have no fences, animals are running across the compounds, destroying our school structures but instead of looking for fences, which do nothing to protect the environment, why not use natural green. This is the opportunity God is giving us,” she said.

Ms Museveni said environment clubs will be formed in schools to instill in children the culture of conserving the environment.

The UNDP resident representative, Ms Elsie Attafuah, said the project will promote reafforestation, energy conservation and also reduce greenhouse gas emission.

“We hope to play a critical role in climate change through influencing behaviour change among the young people,” she said.

Ms Attafuah said the project will support the greening of bare school land in 381 seed secondary schools across the country, with the aim to restore Uganda’s forest and green cover by planting 20 million trees by 2026.