BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
VIVO ENERGY Ghana, in collaboration with Environment 360, has launched a campaign dubbed ‘CyClean,’ an industry-first recycling initiative for basic schools, geared towards the promoting environmental sustainability in the country.
The event took place Korle-Gonno and Mamprobi is under the Ghana Recycling Incentivized Programme for Schools (GRIPS) in which students are urged on into waste segregation practice.
The pilot project, which has seen some schools doing so well, resulted in more school being enrolled on and presented customized waste segregation bins donated to the new schools to start with.
Mrs Shirley Tony Kum, the Corporate Communications Manager of Vivo Energy Ghana, addressing the gathering on behalf of the Managing Director, said six schools were selected for the pilot programme last year.
The schools, she said, comprised of Nii Kojo Ababio Basic School, AM.E Zion Cluster of schools, St Georges Anglican School and Korle Gonno R/C Boys School.
According to her, a total waste of 4.84tonnes, made up of 3.8tonnes of plastics and 1.04tonnes of paper, were collected and recycled and that monies accrued from it went into the provision of segregation bins for the schools.
More schools join
The participating schools are Martyr of Uganda, SDA Basic School, Ishop Mix Basic School, Bishop Girls Basic School, AME Zion Basic Schools (ABC), Nii Kojo Ababio Basic School, St. George’s Basic School and Nii Odartey Lamptey Basic Schools in Accra.
According to her, Vivo Energy Ghana, under its Energy for Education Project has donated 3000 solar lamps to school children in the rural areas and the Greater Accra region.
“The Accra Metro Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, Accra Sempe ‘l’ A and B Primary and KG school, Anum Primary and JHS School in the Eastern Region and the New Takoradi Community library are all beneficiaries of over 3000 library books donated by Vivo Energy Ghana,” she stated.
Cordie Aziz, the founder and Executive Director of Environment 360 said since 2014 when her started its operation, their collaboration with Vivo Energy has helped their cause.
“We put in hard work and CyClean has become an award winning programme and that the impact of the concept is to assist children to learn how to segregate waste.
She expressed happiness at the rate with which children take on variety of concepts of the 3-Rs and commended all the participants for practicing waste segregations.
Accra Metro excited
Madam Leticia Gaar, the deputy director incharge of supervision and management at the Accra Metro Education office deemed it a great privileged to have this concept to deal with the environmental issues facing the country.
“Students have been engaged to be educative on waste segregation and this knowledge will have a telling impact on their communities and make sure they environment is clean,”she stated.