Seventy six head teachers from different schools in the Ashanti region are being trained on tree planting in the bid to making Kumasi green again.
The one-day workshop is part of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s plans to make the city greener and strengthen the environment.
As part of plans, the KMA will engage basic schools in a tree planting competition under the theme, “Me and My Tree.”
KMA has collaborated with the Ghana Education Service to involve teachers from basic schools in the region to assist in the exercise.
Agriculture experts from the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research trained the teachers on simple ways to plant and nurture trees.
Teachers are expected to impact the knowledge into the students who will in turn employ it in the contest.
Deputy Director of CSIR-FORIG, Dr. Stephen Adu-Bredu believes the teachers could better explain to students than the technical persons (researchers and scientists).
He revealed that the seedlings are special ones that can withstand the African and especially Ghanaian weather.
Sponsorship from kwame Nkrumah university of science and technology, GIZ ( a german company), CSIR-FORIG and some 40,000 Ghana Cedis from the KMA are supporting the project.
About one million trees are expected to be planted by 2016 but almost 200 trees have already been planted this year.
Drive ways, schools, workplaces and certain vantage areas in the city are expected to get trees.
Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu says the school children are important in the greening project because it will instill some environmental awareness in them.
He was speaking at the media lunch of the “Me and My Tree Project.”
The mayor there called on the media to assist with the education on trees and the need for the project.
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