Clarence Ntesa– BAM: July 2018
Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences
Ms Clarence Ntesa has an amazing way of working with students, colleagues and communities. She coordinates a solid waste management research project that has attracted the attention of many stakeholders and institutions both at a local and international level. Ms Ntesa is currently the Principal Researcher/Coordinator for a project: Recycling by bicycle: A Green Alternative to Expand Recycling and Create Jobs in Namibia.
Through coordination and implementation of project activities in Oshakati and Katima Mulilo, she has immensely contributed to: 1) the improvement of solid waste management (SWM) in local authorities, namely Oshakati and Katima Mulilo, 2) community outreach and awareness raising on integrated solid waste management (ISWM), with emphasis on recycling for environmental and socio-economic benefits, and 3) capacity building of students in Namibia and abroad, including supervision of awarding winning projects (Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) President’s Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) Award).
This project has been very instrumental in contributing to capacity building of students from various institutions in Namibia and abroad, promoting diversity and multidisciplinary research. As part of project implementation, she supervised student projects from 1) NUST, 2) Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC), 3) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), United States of America, 4) Georg-August-University of Goettingen and 5) Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany. The students were from various disciplines, namely; natural resources management, engineering, GIS amongst others. One of the notable achievements out of her efforts towards capacity building is the award (WPI President’s Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs) Award for 2017) that her students received back at WPI in the USA. The award was in recognition of the social-economic and environmental contribution that the project has as well as the dedication and hard-work involved in the project. The WPI President’s IQP Award is a prestigious award given to student teams whose conception, performance, and presentation of their IQPs (research projects) are considered outstanding in focusing on the relationships among science, technology, and the needs of society.
Ms Ntesa contributed to community outreach in various ways. She coordinated NUST’s involvement and participation in the National Clean-Up Campaign on the 25th of May 2018 in Katima Mulilo. In support of the clean-up campaign, she solicited sponsorship from Plastic Packaging (in the form of face masks, refuse bags and latex gloves) for KMTC. The generous sponsorship that she solicited enabled NUST (including NUST students who are currently interns at KMTC) to contribute to the cleanliness and general hygiene of the communities in Katima Mulilo and Namibia at large. The National Clean-up Campaign presented NUST with a perfect opportunity to raise awareness and share knowledge and information on ISWM, specifically the role and value of recycling in realizing our dream of a clean Namibia.
Ms Ileka is a true brand ambassador of our University and is truly deserving of the Brand Ambassador Award for the month of July 2018.