60 pupils turn plastic wastes into art


As the country makes effort to deal with plastic waste pollution, some 60 Junior High and Primary School pupils have also taken up the charge to turn waste into beautiful artworks.

On the theme: ‘Building a Cleaner Future’, the students who were from All Saints Anglican Basic School, New Horizon Special School, Adabraka Presbyterian Basic School, Umuraniya Islamic Basic School, Archbishop Andoh Basic School, and Dawhenya Methodist ‘B Basic School, worked with a professional artist to creatively channel all their ideas about recycling discarded plastic bottles into creative arts.

The artworks were exhibited at the British Council in Accra, marking the launch of the Commonwealth Connections Artworks and Sports Festival, where these pupils are set to participate and represent the country.

Commonwealth Connections is an artistic, educative and sporting programme which celebrates and showcases the artistic and sporting talents of young people from Birmingham, the West Midlands and the Commonwealth nations.

Highlighting the programme, the acting Country Director of the British Council, Ghana, Chikodi Onyemerela, said the games which are slated for Thursday, 28 July 2022 in England will host 72 Commonwealth nations.

He reiterated that the programme will provide educational opportunities for the young people and teachers to develop knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth and its values.

Director for Pre-Tertiary at the Ministry of Education, Richard Baffour Awuah, is optimistic the project will provide young people with the chance to develop knowledge and concepts to comprehend and examine pertinent global issues affecting different locations, and at various scales from different points of view.

He said the objectives of the Commonwealth Connections project align with key educational reforms of the ministry as it is targetted toward Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

He said it will also enhance learning outcomes, particularly at the pre-tertiary levels.

Commonwealth Connections is co-funded by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and the British Council. The Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) is the lead delivery partner, and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and Birmingham Art School lead on the design and delivery of the specialist sports and arts activities.

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