By Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, April 13, GNA - Save Our Beaches Ghana, an NGO, has embarked on a public education programme for pupils in the Ga South Municipality to educate them on the importance of beaches and the need to keep them clean.
The exercise also touched on the effects of negative practices such as open defecation and sand winning has on the country.
A statement issued in Accra by Mr Fred Paa Kwesi Wilson, Founder Save Our Beaches Ghana, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the NGO visited public schools, including Bortianor Methodist Basic School, Bortianor M/A Basic School and Aplaku 1 Basic School located along the coastal belt.
It noted that these kind of outreach programmes are very important, saying: 'The organisation realised after several interactions with stakeholders that there was an attitudinal problem. With much education and sensitisation, we believe that the NGO can influence people to change their mindsets and attitudes towards our beaches.'
The Head teacher of Aplaku 1, Mr Richard Ofori, Basic School, commended the NGO in its efforts towards ensuring that Ghana's beaches are clean to attract foreigners and also pledged his support towards the initiative.
The pupils accepted to be ambassadors of clean beaches and propagate the things they have learnt to their friends and relatives to improve the conditions of beaches in the country for development.
It noted that this public education campaign would not end with the Municipality but would be replicated in other schools and communities along the coast.