UEW-CIP and Foreign Partners Explore Innovations to Sustain Muni Lagoon
The Centre for International Programmes (CIP), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), in partnership with the University of Virginia, USA, and with the support of the Effutu Municipal Assembly, Traditional Council, and the Forestry Commission, is embarking on a project to preserve the Muni Lagoon in Winneba.
The project, "Muni Environmental Education Center," is intended to create a state-of-the-art facility of public, academic, and research spaces, offices, and agricultural experimental fields for the preservation and responsible use of the Muni Lagoon for the benefit of future generations. The project will also be a model partnership for teaching, research, and community engagement.
The Centre is well-positioned to undertake research around preserving the Muni Lagoon and sustaining its natural resources; highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the area; offering teaching and workshop opportunities for residents, students, and visitors to learn about wetland ecology; and working to activate the economies of the local community and the region.
The "Muni Environmental Education Center" as a model of coastal environmental stewardship will raise the profile of Winneba, the region, and the country at large.
The project team convened a stakeholder meeting involving the Management of UEW, faculty members from the University of Virginia, representatives from the Effutu Traditional Council, Municipal Assembly, and Forestry Commission, at the Student Centre, North Campus, UEW, on Thursday, 25th August, 2022, to deliberate on issues geared to the realisation of the initiative.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, welcomed participants on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, to the meeting. He applauded the project team for the germane ideas envisioned in the project. He alluded to the need for more Effutu indigenes to be involved in the project for them to develop a sense of ownership.
The Dean of CIP, Prof. Charles K. Assuah, assured stakeholders of UEW’s desire to prioritise the project as it would enable faculty members to carry out research that would be beneficial to the people of Simpa and improve the ecosystem of the environs.
Neenyi Ghartey VII (middle), Prof. Andy Ofori Birikorang (left) and Hon. Alhaji Zubairu Kassim
The Overlord of the Effutu Traditional Area, Neenyi Ghartey VII, also appreciated the project team for their innovations in going about the assignment to preserve the Muni Lagoon, including its wildlife, which has been a major source of livelihood for the inhabitants.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Zubairu Kassim, on his part, pledged the Assembly’s readiness to support the team to carry out a successful project.
From L-R: Prof. Charles K. Assuah, Mrs. Esther Yeboah Danso-Wiredu (Ph.D.) and Prof. Nancy Takahashi
Project member from UEW and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography Education, Mrs. Esther Yeboah Danso-Wiredu (Ph.D.), stated that the project is framed to fulfilling the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and also assist a lot of Geography students to do their project work in that area. She added that it would also showcase the uniqueness of Effutu to the world.
Prof. Nancy Takahashi, University of Virginia and Associate Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture and a member of the project team expressed profound gratitude to the university and the Effutu community for supporting the project.