Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Sumbrungu (U/E), July 2, GNA – The Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (CESRUD), a community based humanitarian non-profit organisation operating at Sumbrungu in the Bolgatanga Municipality has empowered selected pupils to undertake greening project to protect the environment.
About 240 Junior High School pupils selected from eight schools in the Bolgatanga West ‘B’ Circuit under the auspices of CESRUD were given environmental protection and re-greening training by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change their behaviour towards the management and protection of the environment.
Mr John Salifu, the Education Project Coordinator of CESRUD, who made these known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sumbrungu indicated that 50 seedlings were given to each school to grow.
He said CESRUD in collaboration with other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL), Amsterdam-Bolgatanga Foundation, Biblionef Ghana, Lions Club International among others over the years to promote quality basic education in the area through the establishment of three community libraries at Sumbrungu, Sherigu and Gowrie-Kunkuawith support from FAVL as well as the provision of teaching and learning materials to these schools.
According to him, his outfit had been organising refresher courses for teachers in the area to equip them with modern methods of teaching to improve performance and noted that CESRUD provided economic empowerment to about 80 rural women groups to undertake income generating activities to improve their livelihoods.
The Education Project Coordinator indicated that the greening project was part of efforts to inculcate in the children the habit of tree growing and the need to protect the environment.
Mr Salifu however expressed regret that most of the youth in the area focused on social engagements instead of pursuing better life options and attributed the cause to ignorance, adding that his outfit had established economic clubs in the various schools to expose the children to things that would influence their mind-sets positively.
“Unfortunately, their focus is now away from books and that is not a good state and so we taught why not get these pupils especially the JHS ones more exposed to things that will influence their thinking and prepare their minds to make informed career choices?
“So we came out with what we call the Economic Clubs and plans are far advanced to send them to Tamale to show them around places as part of the strategy to influence their thinking because some of them see the technicians, and technocrats and they don’t appreciate how they came about their positions.” The Coordinator added.
He therefore appealed to major stakeholders including; the Municipal Assembly, Assembly members, NGOs, traditional and religious leaders to work towards securing a better future of the youth in the area by offering support to youth oriented programmes.
He further advised members of the general public against politicising efforts aimed at bringing improvement to the life of the people, and urged them to offer support to ensure that the development projects were successful.