Life Bridge 68 Foundation, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES), has launched the sixth edition of the kids against waste arts and craft competition.
The competition, dubbed 'Trashy Fashion; Fashion with an Impact', is to enhance the talents of children in contributing their quota to solving Ghana's sanitation problem.
It also seeks to solicit the creative ingenuity of children to help sharpen their skills and mind towards a better environmental waste management.
The Chief Executive Officer of Life Bridge 68 Foundation, Mrs. Juliana Arhin, stressed that children, through their creativity, could help solve the problems of poor management of waste materials.
Mrs. Arhin said through the competition, school children and the youth would be empowered to use their creativity in effective promotion of improved hygiene, effective management of sanitation, and other environmental sustainability issues in Ghana.
She said management of poor sanitation cost Ghana 420 million cedis per year and that 11,250 tonnes of solid waste was produced per day, with an average of 0.45 kg solid waste being generated daily by an individual. 'The major environmental problem is right at our doorstep,' she said.
The guest speaker, Mrs. Jennifer Brock, Executive Director, Beyond Aid, noted that Ghana had a major waste management and disposal problem that could be deterrent to economic development.
She said a larger part of the population was uneducated about the health and environmental risk of disposing waste indiscriminately; but children were now aware that waste could be reduced, reused and recycled in generating good income.
'The participation of children in this competition will challenge them to creativity, think of discovering new ways of creating wealth out of trash'.
By Mariam Ama Yeduah