Zoomlion Foundation has initiated “Zoomkids Restore the Shade Competition” to bring back shade to Ghanaian schools. The first phase of the project was launched for thirty schools in Tema Metropolis on Wednesday, 6th February 2019. The vision for the campaign is to promote clean, green and healthy school environment through tree planting.
All participating schools will receive donations from Zoomlion worth thousands of Ghana cedis, which include 300 Nimosops seedlings, 300 watering cans, 30 dustbins, 30 wheelbarrows, 600 wellington boots, 30 bags of compost, 120 shovels, 120 rakes, and many other garden tools.
The Zoomkids Restore the Shade is implemented in partnership with Share Foundation in Tema and Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP). The competition will involve the following activities lineup: education on tree planting, monitoring of surviving trees and awards for schools with highest number of surviving trees at the end of the academic year.
The second phase of the competition will donate seedlings to schools in Accra, after which the campaign will be extended to other regions of Ghana.
To address the launch, Thomas Narh Korley, the Programme Officer of Zoomlion Foundation stated that he is optimistic “Zoomkids Restore the Shade Competition” will encourage schoolchildren to plant more trees. And the ultimate benefit will come to themselves when the environment is clean, with shade and comfort for learning.
Mrs. Lily Mintah of Share Foundation added that the her outfit will present awards of library materials to schools with the highest surviving trees and students who actively participate will receive reading materials. Mr. M. Tuwor of ACARP added that, his outfit will continue to provide organic fertilizer (compost) to schools and organizations that will plant trees.
Members of Zoomkids Club will lead the ongoing tree planting exercise in their various schools. Zoomkids Club is the flagship project of Zoomlion Foundation with over 400 clubs set up nationwide to promote widespread awareness on environmental sanitation in basic schools. Zoom Ambassadors Club is a similar club which has been established in senior high schools to promote environmental sanitation awareness.