Regional information sessions to guide participating schools in the National Climate Change Drawing Contest for Schools will start next week with schools in the Greater Accra Region.
The sessions, which would be held in all the regions, are to create the platform to address concerns of prospective participating primary, junior and senior high schools, to ensure a successful contest.
The contest, organised by the European Union in Ghana, together with the embassies of France and Norway, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is part of global activities marking the European Year for Development 2015.
Being held under the theme, “Seed for change: Plant your idea to deal with climate change in Ghana”, the contest is aimed at encouraging a national discussion on climate change so as to create concerted effort towards addressing environmental problems.
Dr. Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng, UN Focal Person on Climate Change at the EPA told The Ghanaian Times yesterday that the information session was introduced to attract more schools to register for the contest.
In addition, he said the EPA regional directors, especially in regions where the response has been low, have been asked to invite schools to take part in the competition.
The contest comes ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris, France, from November 30, and among other prizes, the winning drawings would be showcased and distributed at the COP 21 meeting.
According to a statement from the European Union office in Accra, the contest has been structured in three categories according to the age of pupils, with each category focussing on an aspect of climate change–observation, impact and solution.
“The aim is to step up the climate change awareness outreach in Ghana to build a coalition ahead of the COP21, raise the profile of EU Climate Diplomacy to maximise the chances of success in COP21, and build up the awareness of all key interest groups in Ghana on the impact of climate change in the country and possible measures to adopt.
“The school drawing contest is a follow-up to the kick-off of the Climate COP21 campaign in Ghana organised on June 17, 2015 in Accra. It is an opportunity to maintain the momentum while reaching out to a wider audience. By informing and empowering its younger generation, Ghana will be better equipped to adapt to climate change in the future,” it said.
By Edmund Mingle