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Danquah Institute urges school officials to nurture “Green Ghana” trees to maturity

The executive director of the Danquah Institute, Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, made this call during events to mark this year’s Green Ghana Day

The Danquah Institute (DI), the political and policy think tank, has called on school authorities to nurture the trees planted at their campuses under this year’s “Green Ghana” initiative to ensure that they mature and blossom.

The executive director of the institute, Dr Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, made this call during a commemoration of this year’s Green Ghana Day on Friday (7 June) with tree planting and the donation of essential items to the Demonstration School for the Deaf in Mampong Akuapem in the Eastern Region.


In a short speech, Dr Tsiboe-Darko said that DI has shown a strong commitment to engage its staff actively in tree planting for Green Ghana Day since the inception of the event.

She emphasised the importance of students and staff looking after the trees they have planted.

Students and staff of the Demonstration School for the Deaf in Mampong Akuapem, Eastern Region/Danquah Institute/Green Ghana Day 2024

“Please remember the famous adage: when the last tree dies, the last man dies. We wish everyone in our dear nation an exciting and fulfilling Green Ghana Day.

“Let’s go planting. Let’s save our forest. Let’s stop the harmful effects of climate change! Let’s Green Ghana together,” she urged.

Dr Tsiboe-Darko said there is an urgent need for every Ghanaian to come on board and plant more trees to curb the challenges of climate change and environmental pollution.


Touching on the heart-warming donation that the institute made, Dr Tsiboe-Darko said it aims to enhance the learning experience for the students and bridge the resource gap with which the institution is grappling.

Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko of the Danquah Institute addresses students at the Demonstration School for the Deaf, Mampong Akuapem (7 June 2024)

She stressed the importance of supporting special needs education alongside environmental initiatives. She said that while Green Ghana Day is about planting trees and conserving the environment, it is also important to nurture future generations and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive.

Dr Tsiboe-Darko said that there is a need for DI to deepen its collaboration with the Demonstration School for the Deaf in the coming years for the mutual benefit of the two establishments.

She expressed her willingness to collaborate with the school on future initiatives which support education and environmental sustainability.


For his part, the assistant headmaster in charge of administration, Divine Eden Kodadza, said the school will wholeheartedly adopt the tree planting initiative. Describing Green Ghana as laudable, he pledged his and the school’s support and readiness to do their best to protect the environment.

Danquah Institute visiting team at the Demonstration School for the Deaf, Mampong Akuapem, Eastern Region (7 June 2024)

He also expressed profound gratitude to the Danquah Institute for its donation, noting that the gifts will significantly impact the students’ academic performance and their overall school experience.

“This generous contribution from the Danquah Institute will go a long way in improving our educational resources,” Kodadza said. “Our students will benefit greatly from the new materials, which will enhance their learning and development.”

However, he bemoaned a waste management problem from which the school suffers because of the growing student population.

Kodadza called on corporate bodies, philanthropists and the government to come to the school’s aid.


The donated items included toiletries, sanitary pads, drinking water, toothpaste, dustbins, detergent, food items, learning materials and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Danquah Institute donation to Demonstration School for the Deaf, Mampong Akuapem, Eastern Region

The diverse range of seedlings planted on the school premises included shade, ornamental, fruit and multipurpose trees suitable for various climate conditions.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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