Almost exactly one year ago, I had the privilege of chairing the Media Launch for The Ghana School Bag, an innovative new product out of the Kokrobitey Institute. Aside from providing schoolchildren a new range of affordable, stylish and unique backpacks, the project helps to develop a culture of recycling and environmental sustainability from a young age. Additionally, the local manufacturing of these bags provides opportunities for employment within the community.
The Ghana School Bag enjoys considerable support from a number of major private corporations, including DDP. Progressive educational materials were also produced in the form of environmental flash cards, ABC chart and teacher's manual were supported by Finatrade.
Last week, we had the honor to witness the delivery of 500 schoolbags to students at the Omega School in Kokrobite. Omega schools purchased 20000 recycled school bags for all their students. Seeing the look of happiness on the student's faces was simply heartwarming. It left us with a clear impression that this project will surely be a success and will go far to advance its goals of making Ghana a more beautiful, cleaner and environmentally active society.
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