A Plant Research Scientist at the Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research (BNAIR) Institute, has lauded the move to sensitise students to appreciate the need to learn composting technologies to ensure environmental cleanliness on campus.
Dr Godwin Amenorpe said educating students to establish their own basic compost facility on campus would improve the environment.
Dr Amenorpe was addressing Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Junior High students as part of CHF International, a non-governmental organisation celebration of the Green Apple Day of Service at Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region.
The Centre for Green Schools in the United States celebrates the Day globally to advocate the transformation of safe and comfortable learning environments to enhance kids learning and teachers’ ability to teach.
Dr Amenorpe lauded the efforts of CHF for ensuring that school children are constantly being updated on the organic composting technology.
He said the world is changing very fast and no country can afford to be ignorant about environmental issues.
Dr Amenorpe called on the government to invest heavily in organic composting to minimise littering of waste.
Mr George Amoasah, Senior Project Officer of CHF said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency that the construction of the 22,000-dollar composting facility at Kwabenya Ghana Atomic Energy Commission provides for researching, training and consultancy services in composting technologies.
Mr Amoasah said the primary aim of introducing the children to composting technologies was to give them first hand exposure and information on the processes and practices of compost fertilizer.
He said it was also designed to build and enhance the capacity of the school children to maintain the environment in a sustainable manner.
He said healthy environment and lifestyles must be encouraged in schools.
“Everyone owes it a duty and responsibility to help keep their immediate surroundings clean from waste products, starting from homes, markets, school premises which are mostly littered with polythene wastes.”
The Project Officer said special attention had been given to cleanliness, waste sorting and composting facilities to serve as a primary solution to reduce the plastic waste in the system.
At the launch of the Green Apple Day of Service at the Newtown Experimental Cluster of Schools, the students planted flowers on campus to beautify the environment.
The CHF donated 10 computers at the cost of GH₵3,000 to the school through the Ayidiki Electoral Area Water and Sanitation Organisation and was received by Mr Eugene Yeboah, Headteacher of the school. GNA