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As part of activities marking the European Year for Development 2015, the European Union in Ghana together with the Embassies of France and Norway, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), launched a National Schools Drawing Contest in Ghana for pupils in Primary, Junior and Senior High Schools in all the regions to encourage a national discussion on climate change on 8 September 2015.

A3 posterThe contest is under the theme “Seed for Change ? Plant your idea to deal with climate change in Ghana”. The contest will be structured in three categories according to the age of pupils, with each category focussing on an aspect of climate change ? observation, impact and solution. The best drawings would be compiled and printed as a booklet to be distributed to participants at COP21.

The aim is to step up the climate change awareness outreach in Ghana to build a coalition ahead of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris at the end of November and December, raise the profile of EU Climate Diplomacy to maximise the chances of success in COP21 and build up the awareness of all key interest groups in Ghana on the impact of climate change in the country and possible measures to adapt.

The school drawing contest is a follow-up to the kick-off of the Climate COP21 campaign in Ghana organised on 17 June, 2015 in Accra. It is an opportunity to maintain the momentum while reaching out to a wider audience. By informing and empowering its younger generation, Ghana will be better equipped to adapt to climate change in the future.A5_flyer_back

Schools will have the opportunity to enter the competition in three categories: 1) Primary school ? Observation; 2) Junior high school ? Impact, and 3) Senior High School ? Solutions. Three prizes will be given out so that in total nine schools will be declared winners and invited to the awarding ceremony. Selected drawings will be printed in a leaflet to be distributed during the side event of the ‘Ghana Day’ during the Climate conference.

The Panel to select the drawings will be composed of representatives from the EU in Ghana, all Partners and stakeholders from the Embassies, EPA MESTI; and the Ministry of Education. An evaluation sheet will be provided to facilitate the selection of the winners and ensure transparency in the process.

As part of the contest, Regional Information Sessions will be organised in each region across Ghana, by the different EPA regional offices to maximise the participation of schools in the school drawing contest and also to raise the awareness on climate issues. It would target teachers to give them some background on climate change, in order to prepare the pupils to participate effectively.

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