It was interesting to note that the pupils have knowledge of the important role that trees play in the everyday life of human beings and the planet.
The main objective of the Green Clubs project of G-lish is to provide a platform for young people in rural Ghana to connect and network, build relationships, share knowledge and work together to achieve environmental regeneration and the realization of the MDGs through practical environmental activities.
Dulugu Primary School is the first school to host G-lish’s Green Club where over 50 pupils are members. They have been meeting on every Friday of each week to learn about the environment and climate change and the role they can play to regenerate the degraded environment.
One of their key project activities is to cater for 113 neem seedlings planted around the Dulugu Day Care Centre by G-lish Foundation. Each member was assigned a seedling to cater for until the seedlings grow up to about 8 feet.
G-lish Foundation decided to give each member with a seedling a book and a pen each term. The member must ensure that his or her tree is alive and healthy in order to benefit from the incentive.
The presentation Ceremony
On March 30, 2011, G-lish Foundation did a brief presentation of exercise books and pens to members of the Dulugu Primary Green Club for catering for the neem seedlings planted on the Dulugu Day Care Centre compound. A total of 113 seedlings were planted during the rainy season by G-lish. However, 33 of them died during the dry season because of insufficient ground water and heat. The 80 seedlings were therefore assigned to members of the Dulugu Primary School to cater for till they grow to about 8 feet.
A total of 80 exercise books and 80 Bic Ball Pens were given to members.
The ceremony took place at the Dulugu Primary School. See more photos of the presentation at our Facebook page.
The Brief Speech
Godwin Yidana, the Executive Director of G-lish Foundation, gave a brief talk on the role of trees in sustaining human life and the need to plant more trees and cater for them.
He said that trees provide humans with the air that they need to live. He added that this air is called oxygen. He also mentioned that trees absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change.
Godwin then asked the participants to mention some of the things that human beings get from trees.
One pupil said that trees provide humans with fruits and shade. Another said that trees provide humans with medicine. One other pupil mentioned that trees serve as wind brakes and thus prevent destruction of houses and property by storms. Another pupil said that trees help prevent erosion.
Godwin then commended the participants for their knowledge of the benefits that humans get from trees and urged them to plant more trees to enable them to continue to derive the benefits they mentioned. He also thanked them for accepting to care for the seedlings.
After the brief talk, Mr. Ambrose Atogeyige, one of the patrons of the club, took the stage to present the books and pens to the members. Each member received a note book and a pen.
After the presentation exercise, both the pupils and their patrons had a group photo under a neem tree within the school compound. This was symbolic because it was in the heat of the March scouring sun so they could stand anywhere for the group photo but to take refuge under the shade of the neem tree. This symbolic exercise will reinforce the need to plant more trees around the school in the minds of the young ones.
The exercise started at 12:20pm and ended at 1:30pm with the presentation of the exercise books and pens to members who were taking care of seedlings.
It was interesting to note that the pupils have knowledge of the important role that trees play in the everyday life of human beings and the planet. It was also exciting to see the joy and excitement on the faces of these young people after they were presented with a note book and a pen each. It tells one thing: you don’t need to do big things to make a difference in the life of people next to you. Only a note book and a pen was enough to put a smile on a little child’s face.
Finally, it was an insightful exercise worth undertaken and we look forward to next term’s presentation ceremony where G-lish, again, presents pens and notebooks to students caring for their seedlings.