Promoting environmental learning in basic schools

Apr 1, 2016

Winners of quiz competition receive their prize (Photo credit: Nii Odenkey Abbey, ESP project)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) has organised an inter-schools quiz competition for environmental clubs in the Asunafo North Municipality. The aim was to increase knowledge and understanding of climate change and its impact on the environment and to promote good environmental practices among the youth.

Sixteen (16) schools from the area participated in the competition in which Kumaho M/A Junior High School emerged the top winner, with Fawohoyeden M/A (B) and Apenkrom M/A Junior High School coming as first and second runner-ups. Various prizes were presented to all the participants, including a silver trophy for the winner and copies of exercise books for the respective schools.

UNDP and Cocobod and with funding support from Mondelez Cocoa Life  have been implementing the Climate Change Education programme through Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana Project (ESP) targeted at students from selected Junior High Schools in the Asunafo North Municipality.

The programme involves an establishment of environment clubs in Schools to help strengthen the ability of students and their teachers through training programmes and school-based environmental activities such as model farms, landscaping and tree planting on school compounds and in their local communities.

In his welcome address, the Asunafo North Municipal Director of Education Mr. Abdul Kassim Idrisu thanked UNDP, Cocobod and Mondelez Cocoa Life for the leadership in establishing environmental clubs in the areas. “The environment is the most important asset that we all have. Our lives today greatly depend on the quality of the environment and it is important that we cultivate good practices and pragmatic measures to protect the environment from pollution and degradation”, he said.  

A representative of the school pupils, Rockson Darko from Kumaho M/A Junior High School showed appreciation for having the environmental clubs in their schools. The programme is helping us to learn more about good environment practices and climate change and its related impact on the environment as well as actions to take to lessen the effect”, he said.  

Addressing participants at the end of the competition, the Forestry Management and Conservation Specialist of the ESP project, Dr. Augustus Asamoah said climate change is one of the most emerging issues confronting all nations and it is very important that children are educated to understand the issues to help them form a better opinion about the phenomenon.

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