National Climate Change Drawing Contest for Schools in Ghana ahead of ‘COP21’

As part of activities marking the European Year for Development 2015, the European Union in Ghana together with the Embassies of France and Norway, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), have, jointly launched a National Schools Drawing Contest in Ghana for Schools in all the regions to encourage a national discussion on climate change on 8 September 2015.

The contest are in  three categories: 1) Primary school – Observations of climate change; 2) Junior high school – Impacts of climate change, and 3) Senior High School – Solutions – measures to reduce the impacts.  Three prizes will be given out to each category so that in total nine schools will be declared winners and invited to the awarding ceremony. Selected drawings will be printed in a leaflet to be distributed during the side event of the ‘Ghana Day’ during the Climate conference

The best drawings will be selected by a jury to be composed of representatives from the EU in Ghana, all Partners and stakeholders from the Embassies, EPA, MESTI; and the Ministry of Education.  An evaluation sheet will be provided to facilitate the selection of the winners and ensure transparency in the process. Follow the link below to read more about the contest:

Plastic and its abuse in Ghana.

The Minister of Environment, Science , Technology and Innovation recently announced that ,  the use of polythene products below 20 microns  has been banned. He added: “You see the ones that they put Gari (kulikuli), those products – the plain, transparent ones – you see that they are so light and when the wind blows they float, it’s because they have very low microns and they are so light so managing it is so difficult so we need to increase the micron level.”

There are different kind of plastics in Ghana, the ones that are currently a nuisance to the environment which should be critically looked at are PET bottles and single use  black polythene bags made from recycled ”pure water sachets”.


A good example of proper recycling is what Trashy bags company is doing in Ghana. They recycle pure water sachets, ice cream wrappers and banners  are into  bags and purse  which can be used for a longer time.

bag made from plastic sachets

bag made from plastic sachets

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