The 1980 year group of the Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA) on Saturday handed over a recycling project to the school to help them tackle waste.
The project dubbed ‘SDGs project’ is aimed at encouraging the students to adopt more practical and innovative ways to reduce plastic waste generated in the school and also to promote a sound cycle of resource usage.
The group handed over the project to the school as part of the 74th speech and Prize-giving Day celebration and also to mark their 40th anniversary of graduating from the school
As part of the project, 90 recycling bins have been provided and placed at vantage points in the school while a recycling holding site with two huge containers had also been established for the segregation of the waste.
According to the 1980-year group, the recycling project is being executed in collaboration with Jekora Ventures, an Accra based water Management Company, which would collect the recyclables and transport them to Accra for recycling.
President of HOPSA 1980, Dr Kim Eva Dickson, explained the rationale behind the “SDGs Project”, the project was borne out of their resolve to help their alma mater make a significant difference towards climate change to save the earth.
She averred; it was also to give back to the school for all the good values instilled in them while in school.
“We have placed recycle bins at vantage points all over the school so that girls will no longer dump waste but will learn how to separate waste.”
“Recycling is not just putting bins around the school. Recycling is a behaviour change so we collaborated with Jekora Ventures to give teachers and students orientation on what it is to recycle”, she said.
Dr Dickson expressed satisfaction about the progress of the two projects and called on other year groups and old students to take similar initiatives to support their schools adding that government alone could not do it.
“We are actually so pleased with government that there is free SHS because some girls may not have been able to afford to come to a prestigious school like Holy Child.”
“However, government cannot do everything. We believe that every year group and past students of every school can do something similar to make a change”, she stated
Earlier, the students were given orientation on how to separate waste for recycling and encouraged to extend the message beyond the school to contribute to the climate change agenda.
In addition to the gesture, the year group also refurbished the school’s book shop which was in a deplorable state.
The two projects which cost over ¢150,000 was made possible solely by the contributions from members of the year group.