Ghana’s National Sanitation Day – Should It Be Maintained Or Not?

Entrance Of KNUST Campus

Last Saturday [November 12, 2016], the Green Ghanaian Initiative (GGI) EcoTour Train made its stop in Kumasi. The five-hour event was hosted at the beautiful business hub – HapaSpace in Adum [Kumasi].

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Hapaspace Building – Adum, Kumasi

Discussions at Kumasi were around Climate change in Ghana and digital tools the participants could use to contribute to the call for concern for the planet.

First Session

The event began with the screening of the newly released documentary, “Beyond the flood” by Leonardo Decaprio. In this documentary Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

This ushered in our conversations on climate change, how it affects us locally and what we can do as students and future professionals in achieving a green environment.

The Project lead and Chief Blogger at GGI lead the first session on Climate Change in Ghana and education on the International Climate Change Policies that Ghana is a signatory to.

This session led to the debate on the subject of the ‘National Sanitation Day‘ in Ghana and its relevance.

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Photo Credit: Modern Ghana

Majority of participants at the #GGIEcoTour believed that the National Sanitation Day has brought great awareness and participation in keeping Ghana clean on the days of the exercise, especially marketplaces, chocked public gutters and public places.

Minority of the participants were of the view that the National Sanitation Day had done little to encourage cleanliness in the country. According to a participant, “We [Ghanaians] mess up your environment and city for a whole month, only to clean it up in a day. Then what? Go back to the same pattern”.

What is your thought on this? Share your opinion on social media [Tag our accounts and add the #GGIEcoTour Hashtag].

Akua’s session ended with an ice-breaker session where participants had the opportunity to earn freebies and GGI stickers.

Second & Last Sessions

The Second and last sessions were facilitated by Rachel Hormeku and Owusu Kwabena Subramaniam [Kobe] respectively. They engaged participants on the use of digital media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogging platforms to spread the message of climate change. Kobe shared quick tips on how to maximise the use of GGI’s Online Resource Platform. The platform provides resources on environmental policies, news and blogs in Ghana.

Some Social Media tips shared at #GGIEcoTour Kumasi

  • Have a good social media bio [First impressions count]
  • Engage in social media discussions, don’t spam
  • Use social media tools to share individual expertise on different topics.

 

Want more?

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Catch the next train stop at the University of Mines and Technology [Tarkwa] in the Western Region of Ghana.

Stay tuned via our #GGIEcoTour hashtag on social media.

Read the recap blogposts of our Sunyani Nyankpala and Wa events.

 

Written by Rachel Hormeku / Blogger / Green Ghanaian Initiative

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