After a year’s break, the annual Children Arts and Culture Festival came off at St. Monica Girls Junior High School in Cape Coast.
The festival which is in its third year provides the platform to raise awareness and finding creative solutions to problems facing communities in the Central Region.
This year’s Festival was under the theme: 'Preserving our Ocean and Environment' comprised a series of workshops for children on water, plastic waste, permaculture, painting, drawing, graffiti and cultural dance and drumming.
The festival drew the much-needed attention to the threats of our marine system, its conservation, fishing, beach and aqua tourism and the coastal ecology through the interest of sustainable development.
Headmistress of St. Monica Girls School, Cape Coast, Philomena Forson, cautioned the children and the community to keep their surroundings clean and ensure the proper disposal of waste.
"We need to keep our environment clean always. Let's desist from throwing rubbish on the streets and let's encourage others to stop such acts," she said.
The headmistress was grateful to Menyiwadawodo Ghana, an NGO for the continuous
partnerships in organising the educational Festivals.
Director of Menyiwadawodo, Mr Mawuli Kwesi Aboagye, was optimistic that to win the war on plastic would need more education and engagement with the community. Children, he says play a very vital role in such engagements.
"When they know better they will be able to be the agent of change we need to save our oceans and environment," He averred.
Menyiwadawodo is an NGO in the Central Region of Ghana that focuses on inspiring hope in the needy children of the various districts.
They assist such children to develop their talents and skills and strengthen their beliefs in themselves that they can make it in life. Knowing,
They take them through health and sports as well as through arts and creativity. This, they believe, will lead to a proper understanding of the environment and also reduce poverty.