135 students of the St. Stephen’s Senior High School at Asiakwa in the East Akim District in the Eastern Region of Ghana, have pledged their support to save the Atewa forest from further environmental destruction. They pledged their solidarity to the campaign during a conservation education outreach program organized by the A Rocha team to their school. The program was characterized by a video presentation which showcased the threats and opportunities of the Atewa forest reserve. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about the forest and contributed to answers and suggestions during the program’s interactive sessions.
The schools outreach program, which is part of activities under the Living water from the mountains project at Atewa, is designed to educate and sensitize students (youth) on the importance of the Atewa forest reserve. The program is also structured to bring on board students who would serve as change makers within their circles of influence and extend education to their immediate families and the entire community on need to protect the forest reserve.
Since the inception of the program, renewed commitments to help protect the forest reserve from both staff and students of schools visited, has been encouraging as measured by the number of students willing to join the A Rocha club in their school. The 135 students will start the Arocha club of St. Stephen’s Senior High School. It is hoped the club’s activities will bring others on board and inspire positive change towards the environment, both within the school and the community.
To indicate the schools support and commitment to helping save Atewa forest reserve, the Headmaster of the school appointed a teacher as the acting coordinator of the Arocha club and requested for tree seedlings so the entire school could embark on a tree planting exercise on degraded portions of the schools compound.