The tree planting exercise organized by MYO Global Organization at La Anglican B Primary School on 9th June, 2023, to commemorate Green Ghana Day, was a remarkable event that aimed to promote environmental awareness, engage students in sustainable practices, and contribute to Ghana’s reforestation efforts.
The main objective of the tree planting exercise, known as MYO GOES GREEN, was to raise environmental consciousness among students and instill a sense of responsibility for preserving Ghana’s natural resources. By involving young minds in planting trees, MYO Global aimed to contribute to the restoration of Ghana’s forests and combat deforestation, an issue of paramount concern for the nation’s sustainability.
As a not-for-profit organization committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), MYO Global has made SDGs 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land) its key focus areas for the year. The launch of the ‘MYO Goes Green’ Project demonstrates the organization’s commitment to addressing climate change and promoting life on land, with the tree planting event being a significant step in that direction.
The success of the tree-planting exercise was made possible through careful planning and collaboration. MYO Global worked closely with the school administration and the Forestry Commission, obtaining the necessary permissions and assistance to conduct the event on school grounds. A thorough assessment was carried out to identify suitable planting areas, and 20 healthy seedlings were procured in partnership with the forestry commission.
The event commenced with an inauguration ceremony, featuring speeches from MYO Global Organization advocates and a knowledgeable horticulturist, Mr. John. During the ceremony, speakers highlighted the importance of environmental conservation, the significance of Green Ghana Day, and the pivotal role that tree planting plays in combating climate change.
Following the inauguration ceremony, students and teachers gathered at the designated planting site within the school premises. Each student received a seedling to plant, along with necessary tools such as shovels and watering cans. To ensure proper planting techniques, MYO Global advocates and Mr. John provided demonstrations and instructions, educating the students on the correct depth for planting, appropriate spacing between seedlings, and the crucial aspects of care and maintenance.
With guidance and instructions, students enthusiastically planted their allocated seedlings while being supervised by Mr. John, teachers, the headmistress, and MYO advocates. The exercise fostered teamwork, instilled a sense of ownership, and nurtured environmental stewardship among the students. The event not only planted trees but also seeds of responsibility and care for the environment in young hearts.
To ensure the sustainability of the initiative, MYO Global advocates conducted interactive sessions with students, emphasizing the importance of ongoing tree care and maintenance. Students were encouraged to monitor the growth of their planted trees and organize periodic follow-up activities, fostering a lasting connection with the environment and a commitment to safeguarding Ghana’s natural heritage.
The MYO GOES GREEN tree planting exercise at La Anglican B Primary School was a huge success. It achieved its primary objective of promoting environmental awareness, engaging students in sustainable practices, and contributing to Ghana’s reforestation efforts. The event showcased the significance of individual actions in preserving the environment and combating climate change. As MYO Global continues its journey towards fulfilling the UNSDGs, this project stands as a shining example of how collective efforts can lead to a greener, more sustainable future for Ghana and the world.
Finally, MYO plans to reward students who demonstrate exceptional care for their planted seedlings as part of the ‘MYO Goes Green’ project. This initiative aims to inculcate a sense of stewardship and responsibility among the students by encouraging them to actively participate in environmental conservation efforts. The rewards program includes certificates of appreciation, recognition on MYO’s website and social media, and possibly educational field trips related to environmental topics. The goal is to foster a generation of environmentally conscious individuals who contribute positively to preserving Ghana’s natural heritage and combating climate change.