Achimota School emerged the overall winner of the maiden inter-schools quiz competition to mark the 4th Forestry Week in commemoration of International Day of Forests.
The school pulled 26 marks and was followed by Ghanatta Senior High School, 16; Presby Boys, Legon, 15 with Amasaman Senior Technical School in fourth place with 14 points.
The winner received a cash prize, laptop computer and souvenirs whiles the rest received cash prizes and souvenirs.
The quiz was conducted by Dan Afari Yeboah, the ace quiz master of GTV fame, who was so much full of praise for the contestants at the end of the programme.
He commended the participating schools for an excellent job in responding to most of the questions which were centered on the mandate of the Forestry Commission and issues to deal with greenhouse and ozone depletion.
Mr Andy Osei Okrah, director of Human Resource and Chairman of the Forestry Week Planning Committee said the International Day of Forests was celebrated to raise awareness of importance of forest to people.
He said about 1.6 bilion people depended on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel and food therefore, the celebration provided a unique platform to communicate the vital role forest play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.
Mr Okrah said the main objective of the week long celebrations was to educate as well as sensitise the general public about the mandate of Forestry Commission and its contribution to national development while at the same time espousing the vitality of forest, to human survival.
“At the end, the strategic approach adopted by the planning committee has always been to read the grassroots at the community level whose lives are directly affected by forests,” he said.
He said forests and trees sustain and protect humans, providing clean air and water, while safe- guarding biodiversity and acting against climate change.
Mr Okrah said it was the responsibility of everyone to protect the forest since it provided food, shelter, employment for humans sustainability.
He said the Forestry Commission was at the forefront of innovating forest-based sector reforms as a critical component and pre-requisite for a green economy.
By Lawrence Markwei