SACOST Observes 2018 UN-World Environment Day Celebration

The Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in collaboration with Department of Theatre Arts and Shape Attitude Ghana on Tuesday, 5th June, 2018 observed this year’s UN-World Environment Day Celebration at the Winneba Lorry Station.

The event which was to raise global awareness about the declining condition of the environment as well as educate people on the importance of keeping healthy and maintaining a green environment was held under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

In his address, the Director of Quality Assurance, Prof. Yaw Ameyaw who chaired the occasion said that human activities such as ‘galamsey’ have been a major threat on the environment. He said the activity has destroyed the environment including vast tracts of land vegetation and also polluted water bodies making them dangerous for human use.   

Speaking on the theme, Prof. Ameyaw indicated that the chemical structures of plastics make it resistant to many natural processes of degradation and consequently difficult to degrade. He added that plastics therefore linger on in the environment causing pollution. “Plastic waste is the major material that we carelessly dispose of which chokes our gutters, thereby causing floods in many of our cities and towns.” He said.

The Director of Quality Assurance however tasked Pure Water Production Companies to mount plastic collection stands at vantage places such as lorry stations, transport exit points, play grounds, stadia, market places, schools or institutions and mechanic garages for easy collection of plastic waste.  

In his Welcome Address, Deputy Registrar, Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), Mr. Francis Akrono said the day marked a special event in the life of SACOST, IERIS and the entire UEW. He reiterated that plastic waste has been a menace to the society and the nation as a whole. 

“When you move to every corner of our society, you notice that plastic waste is causing serious problems to every aspect of our lives. Move to every gutter in our community and you notice that those gutters are choked with plastic waste. Therefore it is a thought in the right direction that we chose the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.” He said.

In his  discourse, the Ag. Head of SACOST, Mr. Victor Francis Darbah pointed out that Winneba used to be a very clean and nice town in every aspect. He unfortunately hinted that the beautiful surroundings and the inhabitants’ attitude towards cleanliness was diminishing and needed to be revived.

In his speech, the Director of Shape Attitude Ghana, Mr. Wonderful Baisie Ghartey charged all stakeholders such as the Effutu Municipal Assembly, Security Personnel, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Institutions and Opinion Leaders to enforce laws that will deter people from littering and also take responsibility to ensure that the right thing is done always.

The event saw a splendid and educative performance from the Department of Theatre Arts on how one can be an advocate of cleanliness and conscientise the society on personal hygiene. The event also witnessed the outdooring of a Bio-degradable Waste-bag for public vehicles use. The product which aims at dealing with plastic pollution was invented by Mr. Kenneth Acquah of Pleasant Supplies (a plastic manufacturing company).     

IERIS is a Pan-African research institute established by UEW to be a voice and a clarion call for educational research in Ghana. It is composed of three Departments, namely: SACOST, National Centre for Research Into Basic Education (NCRIBE) and Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS).

SACOST was established on 19th June, 2000 by the African Forum for Children’s Literacy in Science and Technology (AFCLIST). This was after AFCLIST decided to have a centre of excellence whose pre-occupation would be to fashion out ways by which school science could be linked to community knowledge of science and technology as well as in the workplace in order to promote meaningfulness through the production of curriculum materials.

Shape Attitude Ghana seeks to have a society with a positive mind set and attitude towards a clean environment. The organisation was established in June, 2014 out of concern for indiscriminate littering and dumping of refuse as well as open defecation. It recognises the negative attitude of the population as a major contributing factor to the problem. The organisation sees the way forward in attitudinal change and therefore engages in sensitisation and awareness campaigns targeting young children aged four years and above in schools and religious societies.