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Regional News of Thursday, 12 July 2018

Source: oneghanamovement.org

Oneghana Movement engages students of Faith Community Baptist Complex Schools on sanitation

Emily Kanyir Nyuur addressing the students

The OneGhana Movement, a not for profit social action organization which seeks to; promote citizen responsibility, promote the prioritization of national interest over partisan politics and to promote public policy accountability, visited the Faith Community Baptist Complex Schools at Madina on Thursday 12th July, to sensitize students on best practices in good personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.

The sensitization campaign is part of a series of activities being undertaken under the Community Grassroots Engagement Project of the RightWay Initiative, which was launched in February this year to help address various societal cankers; with the first theme being Sanitation/Environmental Discipline.

Ms. Emily Kanyir Nyuur of OneGhana Movement who addressed the students spoke to them about the importance of keeping the environment clean, disposing rubbish properly, washing hands properly with soap and water after using the toilet and before eating, as well as the benefits of personal hygiene.

She also emphasised the importance of water conservation, waste segregation, and introduced the concept of “Waste is Wealth” to the students by showing them samples of artwork, sandals and waste bins made from plastic bottles and polythene bags.

She further encouraged students to be bold to politely correct their peers and even adults who they see littering indiscriminately or doing the wrong thing.

The teaching and non-teaching staff were equally urged to support the campaign by teaching the students the importance of personal hygiene at the formative years so they would grow with that attitude and not depart from the values.

OneGhana Movement donated waste bins to the school to ensure that the students dispose of rubbish properly, and prevent filth around the school compound and their surroundings in general. Messrs Philip Addo and Wisdom Bankesie, the Assistant Head teacher and a teacher, both expressed their appreciation to the One Ghana Movement for their education and donation to the school.

They also expressed interest in having the organization come back to the school to teach students how to create artwork and other material from waste items.

The RightWay Initiative is holistically tackling the problem of Sanitation by engaging and educating citizens at the grassroots level to help shape mindsets, organizing policy roundtable and lecture series to influence policy, and also placing litter bins in public areas through the RightWay Initiative – Adopt-A-Bin campaign; to help rid the streets of filth and push the agenda of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the year 2020.

The Adopt-A-Bin Campaign as its name suggests, is a call to organisations and individuals to sponsor the initiative by purchasing public litter bins to be placed in vantage points across the city, to help curtail the growing sanitation challenges faced in the city.

For further information, to sponsor or to partner the organization on the project; kindly contact us at info@oneghanamovement.org.

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