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Kumasi schools join recycling challenge for cleaner environment

Five schools in the Kumasi metropolis have been selected to participate in the maiden inter-school segregation and recycling challenge, spearheaded by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).

This initiative, part of the Holistic Reinforcement for Sustainable Development (HORESD) project funded by the European Union, aims to bolster the city’s capacity in integrated urban solid waste management.

The selected schools – Amankwatia Primary A&B Schools, Fankyenebra Primary A&B Schools, Bantama Presby Primary A&B Schools, St. Joseph’s Primary A&B Schools and Buokrom MA Primary A&B Schools will serve as pilot institutions for the project.

During the campaign launch at the Jubilee Park on Tuesday (9 April), Kumasi Mayor Samuel Pyne emphasised the importance of instilling proper waste management practices and encouraging innovative ideas among students.

He highlighted the significance of building a culture of reuse, reduce, recycle, and recover in young minds to keep the environment clean and sustainable.

“We believe that the essence of separating trash for both economic usage and cleaning the environment and sustainability is very much important. We also appeal to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to engage the teachers to dedicate most of their contact hours in the mornings for education on waste separation and keeping the environment clean”, Pyne stated.

Dr. Helder Moreira, the International Coordinator of HORESD, emphasized that keeping the environment clean was a shared responsibility, and involving basic schools was crucial for shaping values and habits.

Metro Coordinating Director, Francis Dwira-Darko, explained that the project aimed to cultivate environmental consciousness and nurture a generation of responsible citizens mindful of their impact on the world.

Judith Bamford Mensah with the Ghana Education Service, highlighted the benefits of waste separation and recycling for students, including critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of environmental issues.

She encouraged students to embrace waste separation and recycling principles not only within school but also in their communities, fostering a sense of ownership and pride in contributing to a healthier environment.

The campaign, when successful, will be replicated in schools across the Ashanti Region and beyond.

Reporting By Jonathan Ofori, Ashanti Region

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