In honour of the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, the University of Nairobi (UoN) has launched the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies.
The institute, which was launched on August 28 by Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya, is aimed at providing research, education and community engagement in the field of Environmental Management.
“The institute aims to carry forward Prof Maathai’s legacy by providing research, education and community engagement in the field of environmental governance, cultures of peace, climate adaptation, sustainable development and conservation,” read a statement from the institution.
According to UoN, the institute will recognize, honour, celebrate, and immortalize the former Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife.
“Thank you for immortalizing the great Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai by establishing this institute,” stated Tuya.
Maathai first harboured the zeal to set up the institution 50 years ago when she was awarded a Master of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in the United States of America.
Her dream to set up the institute was reinforced in 2007 but sadly, she could not see it to fruition since she passed away from complications of cancer in September 2011.
By Thuita Jaswant
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