Thelma Abbey, GNA
Accra, June 12, GNA - The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has marked this year’s NCCE’s Citizenship Week with a call on Ghanaians to protect the environment.
Speaking to students of the Richard Akwei Memorial School on the theme, “The Environment and You”, the pupils were encouraged to ensure good environmental sanitation practices for the sustenance of the earth.
Mrs Audrey Quarcoo, the Head of Client Relations Department of the EPA, said the education on environmental sanitation needed to begin at the grassroots by educating children on how to protect the environment as well as its importance in their daily lives.
She said the indiscipline amongst school-going youth manifested practices that disrespected the environment.
She noted that littering the environment with empty water sachets, used polythene bags; other plastic wastes and indiscriminate disposal of solid and liquid waste and galamsey activities as well as bush burning, amounted to environmental degradation.
Mrs Quarcoo charged the children to exhibit civic values and qualities such as patriotism, integrity, respect for authority and have the communal spirit to provide social support network.
“The nation belongs to its youth, they are makers of tomorrow and whatever they do will reflect in the status of the society in the near future; therefore, they must shun indiscipline in all facets of the society and build a sense of patriotism towards the nation.”
She educated the pupils to know that, whenever they polluted the environment, it could harm them and all those living around their surroundings.
She said “to ensure a healthy life, you must educate children so that they will also go on and educate their families, parents and friends; to facilitate a safe and sound environment in the near future.”
The education activity would “let people know that everybody have a role in ensuring a sustainable and sound environment,” she said.
She added that the environment was part of the nation; thus it must be kept tidy, since it was important for nation building and sustainability.
Mrs Quarcoo encouraged parents to listen to their children on issues of environmental protection.