‘Youth Without Borders’ implements project to keep Kumasi clean

The Youth Without Borders Ghana (YWB Ghana), a youth-focused non-governmental organisation, has launched a sanitation project to rid the country of filth.

With support from Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES Ghana), the NGOs are giving the government a helping hand to keep the country clean to realise the promise of making Ghana one of the cleanest cities in Africa.

It was launched in August 2020 on the theme: ‘Reducing Unsanitary Practices in Local Transport in Greater Kumasi.’

It kicked off on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Sofoline Station in Kumasi.

Members had a public education at the information centre of the station before speaking individually to 50 drivers at the location.

The team would continue the programme at the Abrepo and Santasi Stations on September 14 and extend to all the other stations in Kumasi.

Plans are far advanced to duplicate the programme in Accra.

About the sanitation programme

The project targets in-city commercial transports (trotro).

Volunteers will hold dialogue sessions with the drivers to keep waste in the vehicles to be disposed upon reaching their destination.

Afterwards, the volunteers will talk to passengers not to throw waste overboard, emphasising that the drivers have been engaged to allow the waste in vehicles.

As part of the project, stickers bearing inscriptions and images urging passengers to abstain from throwing waste indiscriminately would be distributed to the transport stations that will be visited.

The team will engage in media campaigns on traditional and contemporary platforms to sustain the project.

The project is part of the Youth Take Lead Local Actions on Sustainable Development Goal 13 Project which is being implemented by various youth groups across the country.

The project, in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Youth Network, Substantial Ladies In Governance, Global Shapers Kumasi Hub, and Eco Warriors Movement will span over a three-month period.

The goal of the Youth Take Lead project is for young people to take action in reducing the effects of climate change on society and contribute to global actions.

Derived from the above goal, the aim of YWB Ghana’s project is to reduce littering at local transport stations and the attitude of throwing waste overboard moving vehicles in urban transport in Ghana.

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