in the rural communities in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region
have embarked on tree planting as part of measures to protect the environment
and beautify the school compounds.
Headteacher of Asoegoom Primary School at Sumbrungu, a suburb of the Bolgatanga
Municipality, Gbenga Solomon George, told the Ghanaian Times that the
initiative was meant to inculcate in young children the sense of environmental
concept is to inculcate in pupils the habit of planting trees and to protect
the environment, we started in June last year with 30 trees, by the grace of
God they are all doing well,” he said.
trees were assigned to classes to take care of, and we award the best
performing classes,” he added.
said the initiative was being extended to 20 more schools in 11 communities in
mentioned the schools as Anateem Primary and Junior High School (JHS), Aguusi,
Nyariga Doone Primary and JHS, Yelbongo Primary and JHS, Atampuurum Primary and
JHS and Sumbrungu JHS.
are Nyariga M.A. Primary and JHS, Dazongo Primary and JHS, Azoribise Primary,
Kolbia Primary and JHS.
however, said the major challenge was getting seedlings from the appropriate
quarters to sustain the initiative, since this was the right time to plant more
trees, with the onset of the rainy season.
bush burning and felling of trees for fire wood and charcoal has resulted in
the depletion of forest covers in the region.
this year, the Greening Northern Ghana (GNG) initiative was launched in the
region, spearheaded by an array of professionals from the north and other
environmentalists across the country, to help restore the vegetative cover of
the region which is fast depleting as climate change takes a toll in the north.
planting in schools is part of the strategies being promoted by the GNG to
‘catching them young’ in school, to imbue in pupils and students, the culture
of tree planting in the school compounds and communities, to serve as
It is a common in the rainy season for strong winds to rip off the roofs of classrooms in vulnerable communities, due to lack of enough trees to serve as windbreaks.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman
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