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Zoomlion Foundation intensifies sanitation campaign

A Zoomkids Club member displaying placards to create awareness



Zoomlion Foundation has intensified its public education campaign to help rid the country of filth. The Foundation has, among other things, been using its Zoomkids Club as a vehicle for conveying messages on sanitation.

During the 61st Independence Anniversary celebration, the Zoomkids Club, made up of environmental and sanitation clubs in basic schools, took part in the parade as part of its public education programme on environmental sanitation.

Every year, children who are members of the Zoomkids Club participate in the Independence Day parade as part of its efforts to promote widespread awareness of environmental sanitation issues. Members of the club used banners and placards with inscriptions such as “Do not litter” and Waste is a resource” to deliver messages on sanitation. Through the campaign, Zoomlion Foundation seeks to sensitize the general public on sanitation, especially in the area of proper handling of waste.

Thousands receive message
The messages reached over thousands of people who were present at the seven venues selected for the campaign during the independence parades: Accra, Bolgatanga, Sunyani, Wa, Ho, Adenta and Ada.

Working in collaboration with Ghana Education Service, 280 Zoomkids Club members and their patrons (teachers) were drawn from seven schools namely Sowa Din Memorial JHS1&2 in Accra, Kabore Basic School in Ho, Dan Ibu School Complex in Wa, SDA Basic School in Bolgatanga, Ada Foah Methodist Basic school, Adenta Community School in Accra and 3 Garrison Cluster of Schools in Sunyani.

Excited children
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the Programme Officer of Zoomlion Foundation, Mr. Thomas Narh Korley, said the schoolchildren who took part in the campaign were excited.

He quoted one female pupil from Kabore Basic School as saying after the parade that “I am glad I had the opportunity to tell the general public to desist from littering our environment”. He added that a class 5 pupil of Ada Foah Methodist Basic School was of the opinion that Zoomkids Club should be established in every school to promote environmental cleanliness.

Mr. Korley commented on President Nana Akuffo Addo’s message on sanitation and stated that all must join hands to educate the general public on sanitation issues. He added that the Zoomkids Club Programme is training future leaders and giving them the platform to promote sanitation in the society.

The Zoomkids Club is the flagship project of Zoomlion Foundation. The aim is to promote widespread awareness on environmental sanitation issues amongst young people and help them to adopt good sanitary habits. The sanitation clubs operate in over 400 basic schools across the country. The clubbers engage in many sanitation activities including proper handwashing exercises, waste recycling projects, health talks, excursions, environmental sanitation quizzes, essays and debates.

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