Academic City University College marked five years of providing Premium Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and entrepreneurship-focused tertiary education in Ghana and across Africa by cleaning the Sakumono Mighty Beach.
This initiative aimed to promote environmental consciousness and sustainability beyond the classroom.
Students, staff, and local volunteers from organizations such as McKingtorch Africa, Witties Ghana, Satguru, Wafflemania, Souvenirs and More, and other environmental-focused groups joined forces for the cleanup.
The cleanup effort focused on collecting recyclable waste, including plastic bottles, discarded footwear, refrigerator forms, and various materials that had been deposited by storm drains at the base of the Aburi mountain and floodwaters from the city.
This collective effort addressed the pressing issue of environmental degradation.
The collected waste materials will not go to waste themselves. The Technology and Entrepreneurship Centre (TEC) of Academic City, in collaboration with McKingtorch Africa, plans to transform these materials into products that can be reintegrated into the local economy.
Ms. Nelly Agyemang Gyamfi, Director of Marketing and Communications at Academic City, expressed her gratitude to all participants and supporters, emphasizing the university's commitment to positive change and environmental care.
She stated, “Academic City University is more than a school; it is a place for positive change. We believe that by caring for our environment today, we are laying the groundwork for a brighter, more sustainable future.”
Mr. Makafui Awuku, the Manager of Academic City's Technology and Entrepreneur Centre, highlighted their mission to bridge the gap between technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.
He explained, “By transforming waste into usable, eco-friendly products, we are not only supporting environmental conservation but also promoting a circular economy.”
The cleanup also served as a prelude to the upcoming World Cleanup Day scheduled for September 16, 2023. Academic City University's participation in this global movement demonstrates its dedication to the larger mission of preserving our planet for future generations.
Reporting by Stanley Senya. Editing by Mariam Aminu.