Green Schools Program
Explain your project in details:
This program has among its components, issues that address health, water and sanitation, environmental awareness, tree planting with particular emphasis to multi-purpose trees and species especially fruit trees for nutrition in schools. Under this program, Gadnaplus will manage to establish 10 orchards in 10 schools in Gomoa East district with at least 50 fruit trees of different types. Also over 8,000 trees (for shades, firewood and ornamental purposes) have been planted in 16 schools around Gomoa East and in 5 communities. Environmental Awareness too has been and is being carried out in communities and schools. As such, the Fruits for Nutrition in Schools (FSS) project shall be a component under the Green Schools Program. Fruits & Shades for Schools Project Content – Fruit & Shade tree planting and Environmental education Location: Gomoa East, Central Region, Ghana Target: • 20 schools with an average of 850 children • Each school planting at least 100 fruit trees & 100 shade trees Overall goal: To provide generations of Children and teachers with healthy nutrition options and environmental education opportunities in green compounds. Objectives ¾ To enable children to enjoy healthy diets and to create a healthy eating culture within primary schools. ¾ To pass on environment education for protection of our environment. ¾ To provide good learning environments for children Program purpose & importance of undertaking it. There are many primary and secondary schools in Gomoa East district [day, boarding or both]. Many lack good compounds suitable for studying i.e. lack shade trees. Cooking and water heating in all these schools is done using firewood which is now scarce thus experience feeding problems. As a result, there has been massive deforestation and in many schools, expenditure on firewood accounts for 20-30% of the total school’s kitchen/boarding budget.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Methodology of implementation There shall be partnership involving Gadnaplus Consult and the Schools communities. The contribution of each partner will be as follows: For GPC: • Project design, planning & management • Supply of high quality, fast growing fruit tree seedlings • Technical support and oversight on tree planting and management • Training of selected schools • Monitor and evaluate • Produce report and accountability to funder For Schools Communities A major advantage of working with schools in terms of tree planting is that they are permanent institutions with adequate land, labor (especially children), and management capacity from head teachers and teachers. • Planting and maintaining of the trees • Publicity and awareness creation • Give reports to GPC
Sustainability and future plans
Indicative budget estimates for the FSS Project Approach option Assumptions • Project to start off in Gomoa East district covering both Urban and Rural schools (both Primary and Secondary shall be considered) • 20 both primary and secondary schools to be selected for participation using defined criteria to be designed • Each school to plant at least 100 fruit tree seedlings & 100 shade trees Projections • Expect pupils to have fruits for pupils to improve on their nutrition • Multiplier effect of the conservation knowledge to the wider communities • Source of income to the schools through the sale of fruits • The environment will be conserved.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a young man of 31 years born October 28,1985 to Ghanaian parents.I had my education at Ebenezer High School where I successfully completed in 2004.I continued to Trans Africa University college to pursue Tourism and Travel Agency Management.I worked for a couple of travel agencies in Ghana. I must say that,I have been with the earth charter since 2009 since it's always been my desire to see to the wellbeing of all mankind. I am hardworking,friendly as well as honest in all my business transactions. The desire to become an entrepreneur started when I lost my job as a Junior Travel Consultant in the sense that I needed to create a business/working world of mine.I am currently into tour operations,secretarial services as well as mobile money vending within my community where I have given employment to unemployed youths. I am a proud holder of IATA/UFTAA International Travel and Tourism Consultant Diploma. I look forward to expanding my business so I could employ more people so they could also earn a living and support their respective families.