Climate change school drawing contest awards ceremony followed by a photo exhibition “60 solutions to climate change”
The European Union in Ghana together with the Embassies of France and Norway, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), announced today at an awards ceremony held at the Alliance Française in Accra, the winners of a joint National Schools Drawing Contest. The ceremony was held in presence of Former President John Kufuor.
Nine winning Schools across Ghana receive educational prizes for best drawings sponsored by the EU and Member States - France, Germany and the United Kingdom - as well as international NGOs and Norway. The overall winner in the Senior High School category, Katamani-Fudzi Divine, from the Ghana Senior High School in Koforidua, Eastern Region, is invited to go to Paris at the end of November to observe the Climate Conference of the Parties (CoP21).
Launched in September 2015 as part of the European Year for Development 2015 and ahead of the Conference on Climate to be held in Paris (CoP 21), the National Climate Change Drawing Contest was organised under the theme "Seed for Change – Plant an idea to deal with climate change in Ghana".
More than 400 schools submitted drawings in the 10 regions across Ghana after participating to information sessions run by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) on the impact of climate change. The imagination and creative skills of the winners were praised by Former President, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change, in a congratulation speech.
Dr Emmanuel Tachie Obeng, National Focal Point for Climate Change, Education Training and Public Awareness at the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), who provided pupils with the key facts on climate change in the country and possible measures to adapt was thrilled by the keen interest demonstrated by pupils.
EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna, explained that "the objective of the project was not only to raise the awareness of younger generations on climate change and its consequences in Ghana and beyond, but also to stimulate the creativity of pupils to build up leadership for tomorrow". French Ambassador to Ghana, François Pujolas mentioned that the Contest was also the occasion to involve all major climate stakeholders in Ghana to build awareness ahead of the CoP 21 conference, starting in two weeks, which aims to limit the global warming below 2° and mitigate the climate disruption.
The contest was structured in three categories according to the age of pupils for primary, junior and senior secondary schools, with each category focussing on an aspect of climate change – observation, impact and solution.
Prizes were handed-over to the nine winning schools from all over Ghana in the presence of Dr Alfred Tia Sugri, Deputy Minister, MESTI; William Hanna, Ambassador of the European Union in Ghana; François Pujolas, French Ambassador to Ghana; and Hege Hertzberg, Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana; and representatives from international NGOs providing awards, including International Needs.
The winners of the 3rd Prize will receive the support of the Working Group on Forest Certification to build a tree nursery in their school, while the winners of the 2nd and 1st prizes will be invited to take part in two-day field trips showcasing how to raise seedlings organised by Friends of the Earth and Tropenbos International. Schools will have also the opportunity to take part in Waste Segregation Workshops organised by Hipsters of Nature to install recycling structures in schools. The 1st Prize is invited to France on the occasion of the Paris Conference on Climate change.
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“60 SOLUTIONS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE”
The drawing contest award ceremony was followed by the opening of a photo exhibition sponsored by the Agence française de développement (AFD), who implements the policy defined by the French Government in terms of poverty reduction and sustainable development, and who celebrated this year three decades of operations in Ghana. This photo exhibition is the result of the cooperation between the internationally renowed photographer Yann Arthus-Bertand, his Foundation GoodPlanet, and AFD. It shows a series of about 20 photos from the “60 solutions” album produced by GoodPlanet and AFD, organized among four themes – living together, feeding the world, energy efficiency and adapting to changes. It intends to illustrate that solutions against climate change exist as well as financing schemes. Since 2005, AFD financed about 20 billion USD to climate friendly projects. The photo exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs Amélie July, Resident Manager of AFD Ghana, and will be exposed for two weeks at the Alliance Française of Accra.
BACKGROUND - The Road to Paris (COP21)
2015 is a decisive year for climate negotiations. To keep us on track to limit global temperature rises to below 2°C, it is essential to secure a fair, ambitious and legally binding international agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21) and to ramp up pre-2020 climate change action. In 2015 other multilateral processes are also underway, including the Financing for Development conference in July and the post 2015 development agenda to be agreed in September. Successful outcomes on all these processes will require concerted and coordinated diplomatic action by the EU and all parties involved.