Female students of the Asanteman Senior High School in the Ashanti Region have taken up the challenge to cause a change in insanitary conditions at the Bantama Market- one of the most vibrant market centres in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi.
The project is an offshoot of the Girls Leadership Empowerment Action Program embarked on by not for profit organisation Exponential Education.
Clud in their Expo T-Shirts and wielding placards; the students spread out in the Bantama Market cleaning up and educating the traders on best sanitation practices.
The exercise was to challenge the young female students to be effective leaders and agents of social change.
As part of the activities, they collated views of the traders on how they can manage# their waste to keep the market rid of filth.
“We have achieved our purpose here because as you can see we have cleaned the market. They accepted us in good faith and they told us their problems. We have taken notice of that and we are hoping to send that to the mayor to see what he can do to support them,” an excited Emmanuella shared.
Mary pointed out, “At the end of every academic year, the girls under the GIRLS LEAP have to undertake a community service project and they saw sanitation as the biggest problem here in Kumasi especially in the Bantama Market. The girls are sweeping and sensitizing the traders how they can properly dispose off their waste to prevent diseases and keep the market clean.”
Programs manager with Exponential Education Fergal Turner told reporter Ivan Heathcote – Fumador he was optimistic the Girls leadership Empowerment Action Program will produce the next responsible female future leaders in Ghana.
Furgal was positive, “The impact it has on them is that it builds their confidence and self esteem and helps them believe in themselves as future leaders for the country. We hope that in the long run, we will see more girls and women becoming leaders in their community and in the country as a whole,”
The market queen Afia Kyeiwaa commended the girls for the initiative and backed the campaign for a clean Bantama Market.
“We thank our children. They have taught us how to manage rubbish and make good use of dust bins. They have also enlightened us on how to prevent diseases. We have taken it in good faith and urge them to continue the initiative,” Kyeiwaa commended.
The Ghana based United States not for profit organisation specializes in training programs targeted at academics and other social oriented initiatives that train students to be responsible citizens, effective leaders and agents of social change.
By: Ivan Heathcote – Fumador and Fati Ibrahim