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UNBS Takes Standards to Innovative University Students

According to UNBS, the uptake of standards among manufacturers is still wanting and now they want to ensure that the upcoming manufacturers are supported and empowered to know the importance of standards.

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The National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), is targeting university students to promote standards for  innovations among the young generation.

According to UNBS, the uptake of standards among manufacturers is still wanting. Now, they want to ensure that the upcoming manufacturers are empowered to know the importance of standards. UNBS Public Relations Office  Victoria Namutebi says that they have decided to engage students by encouraging them to write essays that show the role of standards in improving the creative economy in Africa.

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She notes that the world is dominated by creativity and innovations, however, the element of standards sound threatening to many and the market that consumes the manufactured products ends up in danger due to the negligence of some few. Namutebi says that it is for this reason that they have decided to use the young people to champion the standards cause and make them appreciate it to avoid the same challenge in future.

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The competition that is to end in June will have the winners walk away with USD 500 and the overall winner at the African level will win USD 1,000. Participants in the competition are expected to have general knowledge about the creative economy and the role of standards.

Florence Kyalingabira, a bachelor’s student of Journalism and Communication in her third year says that the issue of standards is crucial, especially when it comes to the health of the population.

Kyalingabira who is one of the students participating in the competition at Makerere University says that currently, she has no innovation that needs standards but she wants to use her writing skills to inform fellow young people about the need for implementing standards in their products.

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Simon Kabaye, a student of Journalism and Communication says that this project is needed in this era where young people are slowly coming up to dominate innovation and creativity. He notes that the culture of dodging standards should be discouraged in the country and the competition will be a milestone to change the mindset of the young innovators.

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The African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO), initiated the idea of holding these competitions in Universities. They began in 2019 with different willing Universities participating in the competition starting at a country level and later to the continental level.

The overall aim is to ensure that people understand the role of following standards for all their manufactured products in order to deal with challenges of health, market, environmental issues among others.

The African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO), seeks to use the young people to encourage the young generation who are the future manufacturers to always value the need for standards.

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