Global Communities Marks 2nd Green Apple Day Of Service In Ghana
In partnership with the United States Centre for Green Schools, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) set 28th September 2013 as the Green Apple Day of Service, which was marked in over 40 countries around the world.
However in Ghana, activities were lined up over a 2-day period to observe the day in both Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi by Global Communities (formerly CHF International), a member of the USGBC.Member organizations of the USGBC strive to promote environmental sustainability, and on the Green Apple Day of Service, volunteer to improve learning environments for children around the world.
As part of activities lined-up, sixty pupils of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Basic School paid a visit to the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) compost facility and laboratory complex at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission at Kwabenya.
The visit marked the first day event of the 2013 edition of the Green Apple Day of Service in Ghana. Welcoming pupils to the Centre, Mr. Samuel Nettey; the Coordinator of the Compost facility and laboratory complex stressed the importance of composting in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG)emissions as well as keeping our environment free of disease-causing agents found in decaying waste.
The pupils drawn from the Junior High department of the GAEC basic school were taken through the preparation of organic compost from market waste, domestic waste and dewatered faecal sludge, a process which normally lasts for a period of ninety days. The matured compost, which is almost odorless is pelletized and bagged with the help of machines and competes favourably with other synthetic fertilizers owing to its natural ingredients.Currently, BNARI is applying the compost pellets on shallots and other plants on a pilot basis.
The laboratory also tests the compost at various times to ensure it contains the desirable levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium and is devoid of disease causing agents. Staff of the Centre assured the pupils that compost produced at the center is of the highest quality and safe to apply on any plant being cultivated to compete with similar organic foodstuffs which were being imported for sale in Ghana.
At the end of the visit, pupils were challenged to start composting at the GAEC basic school to produce compost for use in the school as fertilizer for plants to beautify the school environment.
On the second day, staff of Global Communities Ghana joined members of Arise Fitness Club (a community-based organization in Kotobabi), Pupils and Head Teacher of Kotobabi ’4′Junior High School, the Assembly Member for the Kotobabi Electoral Area and a representative of the Ayawaso Sub-Metro Educational Unitto clean the Ayawaso Central Schools’ Library and the Kotobabi ’4′ JHS.
This activity was followed by a donation of cleaning tools made up of mops, floor brushes, ceiling brushes, buckets, dusters and cutlasses to the Library to continue keeping it clean for the benefit of pupils who use the facility to expand their knowledge.
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