Trees, apart from their many advantages, also play a very vital role in nature as humans cannot live without them.
As part of the government’s initiative to protect and preserve the country’s forest, Ghana on 16th July 2021 planted trees with the aim of planting over five (5) million trees across the nation to mark Green Ghana Day.
Pure City International School in Ga-Odumase, a suburb of the Ga North Municipality, joined the train to plant more trees in and around the school and its environs.
Mr Francis Boateng, the school’s administrator who doubled as the Project Coordinator for the day, speaking to Active TV said, Pure City International School, though a private school, runs on the Ghana Education Service Curriculum.
” Pure City International School is a private basic school that runs on the Ghana Education Service Curriculum. We train kids to go through the educational curriculum set by the Education Service from the Pre-School to the Junior High School level where we prepare them strongly to take examinations and for Senior High School level”.
On why they are joining in on the tree planting exercise, he said, ” the government thought it wise that to us protect is a must. There’s this old saying that if the last tree dies, the last man also dies and that perhaps lets us know the importance that trees play in the livelihood of every human being”.
He further explained that trees are our lives and we must do everything possible to always keep them in abundance, stating that if we keep cutting down trees then we are cutting our own lives away, therefore the need to replant them after cutting to give us the good lives we all are looking to have.
” As a result of that, we as a school thought of grooming our kids in that direction so that they also know the importance that trees play in their lives, hence the school motor Transgenerational Thinkers,” he stressed.
The Director of the school, Mr Precious Senafiawo, speaking to the media stated that due to the unavailability of some tools and materials to embark on the tree planting exercise, they decided to improvise. ” Unfortunately for us, we do not have enough equipment therefore the need to improvise. We are cutting used plastic bottles to be used as hand trowels so that instead of picking the sand with the hand, the self-made plastic bottle trowels will be used thereby also making the bottles useful”.
He encouraged people to think of finding alternative uses for things they would otherwise have discarded as waste. This, he said could be adopted in our various homes to minimize the pollution to the environment especially from plastic wastes.
As the popular saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, the teachers and students took time after the worthy tree planting exercise to engage in fun games.
By: Clement Annor | Active TV Follow on Twitter @activetvgh