Nine former students of the St Monica’s Senior High School (SHS) at Mampong in the Ashanti Region have been honoured after successfully completing a three-year waste management programme during their stay in school.
They were each presented with a certificate of participation and a laptop computer, and have all been paired with mentors, both in Ghana and abroad, to guide them throughout their tertiary education pursuits.
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It was organised by Smile for Child Ghana, a non-governmental organisation which seeks to “unlock the potential in inexperienced, vulnerable but intelligent young ladies”.
The project was dubbed ” I Made It”, one of the modules of Smile for Child Ghana, which focused on character building, general knowledge, educational trips and community service.
Under the community service module, students were tasked to collect used sachet water bags on the compound, sort them out and pack them in bigger bags, which were sold to recycling companies, and the rest transformed into bricks.
The money realised from the sale of the plastic bags will be used to run a compost shed in the school.
Speaking at the maiden awards ceremony at the St Monica’s SHS recently, the Executive Director of Smile for Child Ghana, Ms Dorcas Naana Nusi, reiterated the NGOs mission “to groom intelligent but unassertive and reserved young ladies from rural and closed communities to develop confidence and self-esteem that will enable them to excel in their endeavours”.
Also present were the Headmistress of the school, Ms Esther Ntodwa, the Assistant Head, Administration, Rev. Fr Dr David Okyere Korankye, some housemistresses, tutors, the alumni, and parents of the awardees.
Ms Nusi expressed gratitude to the management and staff of the school for their efforts towards the realisation of the ” I Made It” programme.
The executive director took the opportunity to appeal to philanthropists and other benevolent bodies to partner the organisation and help nurture more young girls into responsible adults.
For her part, the headmistress assured the NGO that their doors were always open for such productive partnership programmes, which she admitted were testimony to the quality of lives of her students.
She said the programme had made the school ‘a litter-free zone’, and proposed same for other secondary schools.