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EPA service personnel educate students on environmental issues

By
Kodjo Adams, GNA

Accra, July 15,
GNA – The 2016/2017 National Service personnel of the Environmental Protection
Agency have embarked on a sensitisation drive to educate students of Weija
Municipal Assembly Basic School and Junior High School on environmental issues.

The 60 service
personnel extended the education to the Weija Presby School, planted trees and
interacted with the community on the need to protect and manage the environment
from destruction.

The students numbered
over 500 were educated on personal hygiene and the need to ensure clean
environment both at school and home.

Mr Eric Ansah,
Chairman of the Team said the project was initiated in 2014 as part of a
project for national service personnel to educate and create awareness on
environmental issues in the country.

He noted that
awareness creation of environmental issues from the basic schools helped the
students to appreciate and understand the importance of observing good
environmental practices.

Mr Ansah said it was
imperative for students to be equipped with environmental education for future
challenges, as well as grow the next generation of conservation leaders.

He said environmental
education was important because it engaged students in learning, and encouraged
them to pursue careers in environmental and natural resources.

Mr Ansah commended
authorities for inculcating environmental studies into the school curriculum
since it helped students to transfer their knowledge into positive
environmental action in their schools and communities.

He observed that
environmental degradation was caused by human beings and usually started at the
local level but would escalate to national and global problems if immediate solutions
were ignored.

He said starting the
education with the children was critical because they were more receptive to
change and likely to acquire the needed skills for environmental management.

The team donated
books, set of pencils and pens, water and waste bins to schools to facilitate
teaching and ensure proper sanitation practices.

Mr Kodan Takyi,
Headmaster of Weija MA Basic School commended the team for the initiative,
saying it would help inculcate the habit of environmental protection in
schools.

He appealed to
authorities to fence the school to prevent encroachment of the land.

GNA

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