The 21st of September is a date set aside every year as volunteers day. It is also the birth day of the first president of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah which is celebrated an observed as founder’s day.
As part of this year’s volunteers day and founder’s day, an event dubbed “Save life under water” was organized by Project Hope GH in partnership with Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) in response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 14, which has to do with conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems.
The event which comprised a clean-up exercise at the beach to the west gate of the University of Cape Coast and education of the residents in the neighboring community on the effects of polluting water bodies and how to avoid such behaviors, started as early as 7:00 am with members of both organizations cleaning the beach. The clean-up exercise ended at about 12:00pm.
The second part of the event which was the public education, started from 12:00pm. At this point, members of were divided into groups in order that more residents will be educated. During the clean-up exercise, human excreta was seen and when asked, the residents of the community told members that most of the houses do not have toilets and that the public toilet was destroyed and a new one was under construction, so there was no other place for those without toilets to ease themselves than the beach.
At the end of the event, members were challenged not to let the campaign end there but to continue to campaign on attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On the 30th of July, 2016, I took part in a clean-up exercise organized by Fountain Gate Chapel (Desert Pastures) at Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana.
The clean-up was organized mainly to clean the church premises but we ended up cleaning some parts of the community around the church. This clean-up was supported by ZOOMLION GHANA LIMITED (a waste management company in Ghana).
We were divided into groups in which some swept the floors inside and outside the chapel, some weeded the bush around the chapel, some mobbed the tiled floor and cleaned the windows, some conveyed sand to fill some parts of the floor whilst others clearing choked gutters.
I was happy to hear about the exercise since sanitation is part of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and when we all come together as one to do it, we will be well on our way to achieving this goal.
It was all joy and excitement as we took turns to clean and cracked jokes during the exercise. I hope other organizations and groups will all organize such exercises where ever they are.
Remember, cleanliness is next to Godliness.
IDEAS for University of Cape Coast, was, on the 8th of April, 2016, at SAMROSE COMPLEX ACADEMY to educate the pupils on the importance of environmental sanitation as part of our environmental sanitation workshop.
We were warmly received by the staff present due to the absence of the headmistress and assistant, they helped in organizing the pupils.
The team, comprising three members (Isaac Abugri, Emmanuel Marfo and Daystar Babanawo) lead the workshop. Daystar Babanawo lead the workshop with assistance from Emmanuel Marfo.
Since the workshop is based on environmental sanitation and health with emphasis on personal hygiene and littering, Daystar first explained the meaning of environment and sanitation to the pupils. She then went on to talk about the reason behind the workshop (ie, environmental sanitation), stating that unhygienic conditions cause diseases, diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, malaria and worm infections, which are mostly acquired by children. She explained further that these diseases can be prevented when our environment is kept clean.
Emmanuel Marfo touched on littering, stating that littering causes gutters to be choked leading to floods, and that one should always dispose of waste properly. He also said that one should keep waste such as rubbers and plastics till one sees a waste bin and that littered environments destroy other organisms that are useful and important to us.
On personal hygiene, Daystar stated the following as practices that promote personal hygiene; bathing at least twice a day, brushing our teeth at least twice a day, washing our hands with soap and running water frequently, washing our clothes, trimming our fingernails and keeping our hair neat.
There was joy expressed on the faces of the pupils after the workshop. It is our believe that they will practice what they have been taught and that they will encourage their colleagues to do same.
IDEAS for University of Cape Coast, was, on the 1st of April, 2016, at IMAM KHOMEINI primary to educate the pupils on the importance of environmental sanitation as part of our environmental sanitation workshop. And since we had a workshop for the Junior high school, we deemed it appropriate to do same for the primary school.
We were warmly received by the headmaster and staff, who helped in organizing the pupils. The pupils were divided into two groups (ie, lower primary and upper primary), since one classroom could not contain both the lower primary and the upper primary.
The team, comprising four members (Isaac Abugri, Emmanuel Marfo, Charles Obiri and Daystar Babanawo) lead the workshop with two members leading the upper primary and two members leading the lower primary. Isaac Abugri and Emmanuel Marfo lead the lower primary in the workshop whiles Charles Obiri and Daystar Babanawo lead the upper primary.
Since the workshop was based on environmental sanitation and health with emphasis on personal hygiene and littering, our speakers, after explaining to the pupils what environment is, went on to talk about the reason behind the workshop (ie, environmental sanitation), stating that unhygienic conditions cause diseases, diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, malaria and worm infections, which are mostly acquired by children. The speakers explained further that these diseases can be prevented when our environment is kept clean.
The speakers touched on littering, stating that littering causes gutters to be choked leading to floods, and that one should always dispose of waste properly. The speakers also stated that littered environments destroy other organisms that are useful and important to us.
On personal hygiene, our speakers stated the following as practices that promote personal hygiene; bathing at least twice a day, brushing our teeth at least twice a day, washing our hands with soap and running water frequently, washing our clothes, trimming our fingernails and keeping our hair neat.
The pupils were happy and one could see the joy expressed on their faces after the workshop. It is our believe that they will practice what they have been taught and that they will encourage their colleagues to do same.
IDEAS for University of Cape Coast team was at IMAM KHUMEINI junior high school on the 11th of March, 2016 to educate the students on the importance of environmental sanitation and its relevance to our health, as part of our environmental sanitation workshop. We were warmly received by the assistant headmaster upon our arrival, due to the absence of the headmaster at the time.
The students were put into one classroom since the students at the junior high level are not many.
As was our aim, the workshop was mainly focused on sanitation and health. Emmanuel Marfo (a member of IDEAS for UCC team) spoke on the need to keep our environment clean by avoiding littering, sweeping our surroundings (both at home and in school). He also elaborated on proper waste handling and disposal, which he said, one of the effects of improper disposal of waste is flooding. He climaxed his presentation by stressing on personal hygiene and its importance in which he said, we are part of the environment and there is the need for us to keep our bodies clean as well. Some of the personal hygiene practices he mentioned include; bathing regularly, brushing our teeth twice daily and washing our clothes.
To ensure that the students understood the presentation, there was a question and answer section led by Isaac Abugri and Obiri Charles (both members of IDEAS for UCC). Souvenirs, comprising of pens, sticky notes and leaflets) were given to students who answered questions.
There was joy and excitement expressed on the faces of the students after the workshop. We as a team believe that they will apply what they have learned and also teach others to do same.
Campus Coordinator, IDEAS for UCC.
University coordinator, Green Youth Generation.
On the 2nd of march, 2016, IDEAS for University of cape Coast (of which I am a member) was at Apewosika school to educate the upcoming youth on the importance of sanitation and its relevance to our health. The headmistress was happy that we had come to educate the students on sanitation.
For a highly populated government school, the students were divided into three groups for easy communication.
Our aim was sanitation and health, and for the students to better understand, one of our members (Emmanuel Marfo) spoke on littering and its effects, stating that floods could occur due to improper disposal of waste. He also added that as a result of litter, we could contract diseases such as cholera.
As a co-speaker, I spoke on personal hygiene. Since we are also a part of the environment, it would not be wise to keep our surrounding clean while our bodies will not be and so there is the need to observe personal hygiene. Some of the personal hygiene practices mentioned included brushing of teeth at least twice a day, bathing regularly, washing of ones clothes, washing ones hands before and after eating, using the toilet and even after a hand shake, with soap and clean water.
There was excitement on the faces of the students after the workshop and we believe that they will put into practice what they have been told and also enlighten their colleagues so that they will do same.
Waste is any substance which is discarded after primary use, or it is worthless, defective and of no use [wikipedia]
Waste management refers to all those activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its disposal [wikipedia]
Wastes are of different forms/types, some of which include: plastic waste, metallic waste(scrap), organic waste and industry waste, just to mention a few.
Waste management is very essential in that, when we are able to manage our waste properly, we will be preventing the contraction of some common diseases such as cholera, malaria and many more. One major way of managing the waste is by sorting the waste.
Sorting of waste requires that, before waste is taken to the dump site, the waste should be sorted. What this means is that, plastic waste in one bin, liquid waste in another bin and metallic waste in another so that there would not be a mixture of waste at the dump site.
This separation is necessary because not all wastes are biodegradable. For instance, plastic and metallic wastes cannot be decomposed but can be recycled. With the sorting of wastes, the biodegradable waste will be used to enhance the soil for farming, the plastic waste will be taken to by companies involved in recycling and the metallic waste will be sold to scrap dealers who will transform them into useful products. Also, the money gained from the sale of metallic waste can be used to buy waste bins to enhance the sorting of the waste. Also fuel, gas and electricity can be obtained from the recycling process.
This is but one way of waste management which when adhered to will go a long way to save us from diseases and also help solve the issue of climate change and make our environment a better place for us all.