Students of UEW, SHAPE Attitude Ghana and other stakeholders observe World Cleanup Day
A group of students belonging to War Against Poor Sanitation from the University of Education (WAPS-UEW), SHAPE Attitude Ghana, the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana, UEW (GRASAG-UEW) the Environmental Health Office of the Effutu Municipality, Zoom Lion and Yepemso Youth joined hands for a cleanup exercise at Yepemso, a suburb of Winneba, on 15 September 2018 to mark the World Cleanup Day.
World Cleanup Day is a day that volunteers and partners come together to clean trash and waste from the beaches, rivers, forests and streets. The World Cleanup Day has its origin from Estonia ten years ago when 4% of their citizens came out to clean the entire country of illegally dumped waste in a matter of hours. It is this initiative that galvanised many countries all over the world for a community-based bottom-up approach to clean trash. The “Let’s do It! World” a Movement” that sprang from the Estonia initiative engages in awareness raising and implement changes to end the global waste epidemic.
The stakeholders in Winneba mentioned above undertook the cleanup exercise in one of the suburbs of Winneba with the greatest challenge in waste management – trash in the gutters, the streets and indeed the beach. While cleaning was going on, SHAPE Attitude Ghana carried out sensitisation messages to the community on the need to eradicate filth in their surroundings and maintain good sanitary conditions at all times. SHAPE Attitude Ghana will work closely with the stakeholders to intensify sensitisation and awareness campaign on cleanliness in the community.
More than fifty students, executive members of the students’ associations, officers from the Environmental Health and Zoomlion and the Project Director of SHAPE Attitude Ghana participated in the cleanup. Zoomlion provided tools and trucks for the cleaning carting of the waste to the dumping sites.