Beautiful UDS Nyankpala Campus
Green Ghanaian Initiative (GGI) in collaboration with the GhanaThink Foundation, Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) and Technology Without Borders (TeoG), with funding from The Canadian Embassy, hosted its second (2nd) Eco Club Tour on the Nyankpala Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) on Saturday 29th October 2016.
Why the tour?
Environmental issues are a major challenge in Ghana and Green Ghanaian Initiative believes technology can make a huge difference.
Green Ghanaian Initiative affirms that the more information people had, the more people would demand better conditions for Ghana’s environment.
Are music, movies, and games the only things we can use technology for?
The answer is NO!
Technology can be used to learn new skills, make a difference and also change negative environmental practices.
Technology can also open up in a very accessible way, a wealth of data, information, laws and policies for the environment.
The Eco tour is using the power of technology to make Ghana Greener.
The Eco tour approach
Rachel (left) and Hassana (right) leading their sessions
Interesting and practical topics were discussed at the second stop in Tamale.
Topics discussed with students were environmental issues and management, digital media for civic engagement, blogging on environmental issues and an introduction to the Green Ghanaian Initiative website.
Students involvement was high and evident through discussions, hands-on practicals, ice-breaker activities and exercises.
Some UDS Students at the Nyankpala event
Students were taught how to connect their passion to a Green career. The exercise named 3 serious things green citizens considered;
- what are you good at?
- what are you passionate about?
- what can you do with your skills?
A participant, Collins – a 3rd-year Fisheries and Watershed Management student stated that “I am good at writing and speaking, passionate about land degradation and water pollution. Therefore I will be blogging and writing articles about pollution; its effects and ways to mitigate it”.
The students were engaged in the use of social media effectively.
They were taught that social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not only used for entertainment purpose but also as a brand tool; to learn, discover opportunities and also share knowledge and expertise on issues such as environment management.
The session ended with a Japenese viral video on Youtube – Pen Pineapple Apple, an evidence to participants, the power of information on social media, in the 21 Century.
Involve Me And I Learn
The students involvement throughout the discussion on various topics such as social media made them enlightened on effective ways of engaging on social media such a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Students who didn’t have
Students who didn’t have social media accounts were guided through the process and most had Twitter handles at the end of the programme.
These enthusiastic participants shared the lessons they learnt from the training sessions on their new found social media platforms. They shared their thoughts on social media and environmental management.
Green Ghanaian Initiative’s social media accounts engaged the participants on environmental sustainability, tips on living green and daily environmental survival tricks.
“My main concern is how best we can improve the plastic waste problem across the country’’ a tweet by Delali, a level 400 Natural Resource Management student.
Group picture after the event
Join us this weekend [November 5, 2016] at the Auditorium of the University of Energy and Natural Resource (UENR) – Sunyani for the GGIEcoTour Brong Ahafo Stop.
Let’s talk about Using Technology to Make a Greener Ghana.
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Written by Amanda Obuobi / Blogger / Green Ghanaian Initiative