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Bolga: Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana takes Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives to schools

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Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG) has initiated a comprehensive tree planting and nurturing project involving 10 schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region.

The initiative forms part of YHFG’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, focusing on tree planting and nurturing as vital components of environmental conservation and sustainability.

It also aims to instill a sense of responsibility and environmental stewardship in the staff and students, encouraging them to protect and conserve the environment as a means to combat climate change.

Speaking to the media, Dominic Anarigide, the Project Officer at YHFG, explained the rationale behind selecting these schools and why involving young students is crucial for the country’s climate change mitigation efforts.

“Educating students on the importance of tree planting and nurturing will help them cultivate a love for planting trees and taking care of the environment as they grow into adults,” Mr. Anarigide said.

The activity is part of the Power Organization Knowledge and Agency (POKA) Project, funded by the Swedish organization Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning (RFSU).

The schools involved in the initiative are Nyariga JHS, Doone Girls JHS, Aguusi JHS, Yikene JHS, Nyorkokor Primary, Apasinaba JHS, Dorongo Primary, Bolgatanga Senior High School, Zuarungu Senior High School, and the Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana Girls Remedial School.

Percy Asinvim, the Assistant Project Officer, highlighted the anticipated positive outcomes of the initiative.

He mentioned that the Foundation has already established student youth clubs in these schools, which will play a significant role in nurturing the trees.

“We trust that these clubs will help nurture the trees, ensuring their growth and sustainability,” Mr. Asinvim stated.

Each school has been tasked with planting and caring for at least 10 trees, including fruit-bearing trees such as mangoes.

Educating the students on the importance of planting trees, Hassana Fuseini from the Forestry Commission emphasized the vital role trees play in human development.

“Trees are crucial to our survival. Without sufficient trees in a particular location, we could experience delayed rains and drought,” Mrs. Fuseini explained.

Samson Alunga, a teacher and patron of the Harvest Club at Zuarungu SHS, expressed his joy that his school was selected for the project.

“We are honored to be part of this initiative. I assure you that our students will take good care of the trees,” Mr. Alunga said.

The Project Officer therefore added that the initiative not only aims to mitigate climate change but also seeks to educate and empower the younger generation to be proactive in environmental conservation.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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