A new initiative, “Sanitation Checkmate”, aimed at promoting better solid waste management amongst the youth in the country, was out-doored as part of activities heralding the royal visit.
The Commonwealth’s sanitation initiative was one of many innovative interventions and installations exhibited at the roundtable environmental summit that was held in honour of the Prince of Wales at the Sandbox Restaurant in Accra.
Under the theme “Keeping plastic's value in the economy and out of the ocean”, the summit was well received by the Prince of Wales, who is known for his passion to get rid of ocean plastics and ensure a safer and cleaner environment.
Organised by the British High Commission in Accra, the roundtable summit was applauded by The Prince of Wales.
Speaking at the roundtable event attended by the Minister of Environment Prof Frimpong Boateng and the CEOs of multinational organisations such as Nestle, Coca-Cola , Fanmilk and DOW Chemicals, the Prince of Wales reiterated his desire to leave the world a better place for his grandchildren – one of whom he is expecting shortly – and the rest of the Commonwealth.
The Head of the Africa office for The Royal Commonwealth Society John Apea spoke of the need for “a unified approach” to tackle a global menace.
He said the “Sanitation Checkmate” is a collaborative initiative by the Commonwealth Youth Council, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the National Youth Authority.
Mr. Apea stated that the future of the environment looked bleak if proactive methods were not put in place.
Taking Prince Charles through the details of the initiative, the Vice – Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Council Abena Dugan explained that Sanitation Checkmate will partner with waste disposal companies as well as students in both first and second cycle institutions to rid the city and the country of plastic waste.
She added that the objective of the intervention was to get students involved in fighting the solid waste menace, particularly how to dispose of plastics.
Ms. Dugan further stated that the initiative will make use of young students as change agents by educating them on the proper ways of disposing of solid waste. This will be done she said, by rolling out an aggressive campaign that involves all stakeholders