Waste and filth is engulfing Ghana and causing a myriad of problems. The government and many benevolent organisations have been working tirelessly to solve the problem of sanitation. This however hasn’t yielded massive results yet. The youth of Ghana, the future leaders of the Nation, have amazing ideas on how this canker can be solved and the results maintained for generations.
“Recycle Up! Ghana” is a project that aims to increase senior high school students’ awareness about the waste problem and motivate them to make a difference in their schools and communities. The main element of the project is a two-week long summer camp that brings together students from various senior high schools. The maiden version of the camp was organised at KNUST campus in Kumasi in 2014.
In 2015, the initiative is taking on pace and organised two parallel camps in Kumasi and Cape Coast. The project is initiated by the regional group of “Technik ohne Grenzen e.V” (TeoG).
The camps take place from 5th to 14th August 2015 and bring together 16 and 20 students, aged between 14 and 19, who were garnered from different Senior High Schools throughout the Cape Coast and Kumasi Metropolis in the Central and Ashanti Regions. The venues for the camp is the School Hostel, Cape Coast Polytechnic, Cape Coast and Queens Hall on KNUST Campus in Kumasi allow for maximized training effectiveness and foster an ideal teamwork environment.
“Technik ohne Grenzen e.V” (TeoG) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which uses its resources to undertake projects in deprived areas to help better the living conditions of the community. It has its headquarters in Erlangen, Germany and also has Regional Groups in Sunyani, Kumasi and Cape Coast, Ghana. The English translation is “Technology Without Borders”.
Six Schools were selected from the cape Coast Metropolis whereas nine schools are represented in Kumasi, stretching from single seks schools to mixed schools. The criteria for the selection of the schools were based on school performance, proximity of the school to the camp venue as well as the willingness of the school and students to partake in the project. The school selection for the Kumasi camp benefited from the experience and cooperation with the schools in the previous year. The participating schools for the Recycle Up! Cape Coast Summer camp in Cape Coast include the University of Cape Coast Practice Senior High School, Adisadel College, Academy of Christ Senior High School, Edinaman Senior High School and Cape Coast Technical Senior High School. For Kumasi, the following schools are represented: Opoku Ware Senior High School, Kumasi Academy, T.I Amass, Kumasi Sec.Tech School, Yaa Asantewaa Girls School, KNUST Senior High School, Anglican Senior High and Prempeh College
The content of the camp will be threefold with each step to be perfected in close cooperation with several partner institutions.
In the first part, ”,”KNOWLEDGE”, is meant to provide participants with the required technical, but also personal training of becoming a change maker in the pollution and waste management area. In order to achieve this we complement technical exercises about plastics and waste management with soft skill training sessions about effective communication and public speaking (among others).
The second step is called “EXPERIENCE”. Building on this knowledge, the participants explore communities affected by severe pollution in the second part of the camp. The idea for them is to trace out the underlying problems and incentives at play which need to be changed in order to achieve a better waste management situation.
Ultimately, the third phase of the camp, “SOLUTIONS”, is meant to bring participants together in groups and let them develop an idea to solve the identified problem under the guidance of experienced mentors.
Each team will present their idea on the 13th of August, 2015. This event will be open for public participation. Leaders of public authorities, environmental experts, radio & TV stations as well as the general public are invited for this “Grand Finale” of the Recycle Up!-Summer camp 2015. The teams that develop the most promising solutions will be awarded. Independent from this, all participating schools will receive seed funding to support the implementation of environmental clubs in the schools.
As co-founders of such clubs, the participants of the Recycle Up! Summer Camp 2015 shall act as local environmental ambassadors and provide their colleagues with essential knowledge to work on the environmental challenges and waste management, starting in Senior High Schools.
This Program is powered by Technology Without Borders (TeoG).
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