Association of School Forest for West Africa has presented teaching and learning materials on the environment to some basic schools in central Ghana.
The association, it was gathered, delivered the items in partnership with the Youth and Environment Club (YEC), to Nyakrom Catholic Basic School, Nyakrom A.W.M.A., Nyakrom S.D.A., Nyakrom Presby, and Nyakrom St. Roses Girls.
Other beneficiaries included Nkum Catholic School, Abodom Anglican School, Swedru A.W.M.A ‘A’ and Bobikuma Presby School, and Bisease Catholic Primary.
Environmental degradation, according to the World Bank, costs $6.3 billion annually or nearly 11 percent of Ghana’s 2017 GDP.
Due to this, non-renewable resources, such as gold and oil, cannot sustain growth as resources deplete while renewable resources like cocoa, timber, and other tree and food crops depend on good environmental stewardship.
President of the association, Dr Sam Essiamah, said that sustainable environment could only be achieved by educating school children since they have significant roles to play towards realising it.
He noted that the two NGOs with support from their donor partner, Lower Saxony Bingo Environmental Foundation, would intensify environmental education in the 16 beneficiary basic schools using both Fante, a local language, and English to enable the school children to have a clearer understanding of the project.
‘For instance, children in many countries like Germany, China, Russia and Britain develop their potentials easier and are more inventive using their own mother languages in everything they do’, he said.
‘I therefore hope that this innovation would be replicated in other parts of the country to enable school children to confront head-on issues lead to the destruction of the environment’.
He further called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to take immediate steps to make tree planting and environmental education compulsory in schools.
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