Projects in Northern Region [fr]
The Ambassador of France to Ghana, H.E. Anne Sophie AVÉ, and two persons from her team travelled to the North of Ghana to visit the projects that the Embassy of France is supporting.
They first went to Bolgatanga to visit the project implemented by the Nubian Vault Association. The Embassy is supporting the NGO to put in place a programme that trains masons in the use of local inexpensive traditional materials for building construction. These sustainable houses are adapted to local economic conditions and address issues relating to the preservation of the environment and climate change (better thermal performance, more resistance, reduction in carbon materials, to mention but a few).
Back in Tamale, they visited the “Care for our common home - E-waste Management in Ghana” a project, implemented by Caritas Ghana that aims to establish electronic waste collection centres in the city for recycling. This includes a training component for vulnerable populations (youth, persons living with disabilities and women) and creating jobs in the e-waste management sector.
The next day, they took the road to Tolon District to visit the “Girls Empowerment Project” spearheaded by Savana Signatures, a local NGO working in the northern part of Ghana. The objective of the project is to educate young girls in vocational training centres on the issue of sexual and gender-based violence by raising awareness on their sexual and reproductive health rights, especially on policies and their right to access social and health services including specialized call centres. In addition to that, the project prepares the creation of safe spaces in the centers to talk about these issues.
The delegation of the Embassy of France went back to Tamale to launch the CREATE project (“Collect, Recycle, Empower and transform the Environment”) implemented by Pure Home Water, an NGO specialised in clean water and environment. The project aims to raise awareness on clean water and sanitation and to train pupils from different schools in Tamale on plastic waste pollution in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Each selected school will also receive an AfriClay filter which will serve as a point of accessing clean drinking water. School children and residents of Tamale will also be encouraged to bring plastic waste to the CREATE project locations. The people will be paid a small fee for the plastic waste collection (HDPE or sachet water and PET bottles). This waste will then be sold to others who make them into plastic pellets or chips. The Ambassador launched the project with the Mayor of Tamale Metropolitan Mr. Iddrisu Musah Superior and a representative of the Ghana Education Service.