Thelma Abbey/Emmanuel Kwame Donkor, GNA
Accra, June 13, GNA - St Theresa’s School on Wednesday took its turn with the National Commission for Civic Education’s (NCCE) environment protection education on the theme: “The Environment and You.”
Speaking to students on their roles in changing Ghana's sanitation fate, Ms Josephine Nkrumah, the Chairperson for the NCCE, encouraged the pupils to segregate plastic from papers and other bio-degradable waste to enhance environmental safety.
She said Ghana’s ranking as the seventh dirtiest country should serve as a wakeup call to citizens, especially children, for them to start changing their views on waste disposal.
“Persistent use of plastic and its impact on the environment and especially our health is devastating. We need to conscientize all people, especially the children to understand that plastic has devastating effect on the environment,” she noted.
Ms Nkrumah said there was a need to replace plastics with either cloth or paper bags whenever parents or school children visited the markets or went for shopping.
“Decline to use rubber bag when offered you, especially when the item can fit in your cloth bags so we can all come together and beat the plastic menace,” she urged.
The NCCE Chair urged children to change their life styles when it came to sanitation, adding that; their acts of indiscipline had contributed to making Ghana part of the top ten dirtiest countries.
She charged the students and schools to take the lead in segregating waste, so that they could generate revenue from the activity and provide the needed support towards environmental protection.
“Today, rubbish or waste is not useless, it has value; hence, people should begin to have a different mind-set about it and see it instead, as a money generating item,” she said.
Ms Nkrumah said since sanitation was not a matter for just the government, every citizen especially the school-going children must play a critical role that could positively contribute to improve sanitation issues.
“Children are the change makers and pace setters, therefore, there is a need to create healthy discussions among them through public education,” she said.