Ghana Education Service receives support for art competition

Accra, Aug. 17, GNA
– The Ghana Alliance for Cookstoves and Fuel (GHACCO), cookstoves producers,
has donated assorted clean and improved cookstoves and fuel to the Ghana
Education Service (GES) in Accra to support this year’s Cook Art Competition.

The donation is
aimed at supporting the competition being organised by the GES as part of the
National Cultural Festival in Sunyani from August 26 to 29 August.

It is also to
facilitate awareness creation and education on clean cooking in basic and
senior high schools.

The items donated
are 55 charcoal based stoves such as, Toyola, Enviroft, Gyapa, Man and Man, and
clean cookmate.

Others are Elsa
stoves, which uses palm kernel shells and pellets, cooking bags and 12 packets
of bamboo charcoal briquettes.

Mrs Sarah Naa Dedei
Agbey, Vice-Chairperson of GHACCO in an interview with the Ghana News Agency
said: ‘’We are committed to create awareness among the youth, women, men, and
children on the importance of using clean and improved cookstoves and fuel for
their daily cooking.

‘’It is important
because the use of traditional cookstoves wastes biomass (firewood and
charcoal), and exposes women and children to hazardous smoke emissions, which
have serious effects on their health.”

She said exposure to
smoke, according to the World Health Organisation report had caused more than
four million deaths worldwide and about 13,400 death in Ghana each year.

She said it also
causes premature death and contributes to a range of illnesses such as,
Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Cataracts, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, Low
birth weight and burns.

She bemoaned the
over-reliance on the traditional cookstoves for cooking, which forces women to
spend many hours each week collecting firewood as unhealthy, because it also
increases pressure on the natural resources and contributes to climate change
and deforestation.

She added: ’’This
implies a huge loss of biodiversity and a major damage to the ecosystem, not
only exacerbating the threat to species survival significantly, but also
threatening food and water security for the human population, drought and
flooding as deforestation increases.’’

She urged Ghanaians
to embrace clean and improved cookstoves initiative since it saves lives,
empower women, create job opportunities and reduces negative environmental
impacts.

She said it allows
for more time to engage in income generating activities and educational
opportunities.

Mrs Agbey said
GHACCO in collaboration with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Based in the
United States, World Education International and the GES, have begun a campaign
to educate school children on the importance of using clean cookstoves and fuel
to engineer a attitudinal   change on the
present traditional cooking practices.

Mr Edward Asare,
Welfare Officer of the GES, who received the item, expressed gratitude to
GHACCO for supporting the cook art competition for this year.

GNA

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