Leaders of Wildlife Clubs Ghana (WCG) have reviewed activities of the past 30 years of clubs in schools and charted a new roadmap for a better future.

Mr Eric Lartey, the Executive Director of the Wildlife Society Council (WSC) said it had become necessary for the country to imbibe in children, good environmental activities through wildlife clubs.

A workshop organised by the Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) in Accra to chart the way forward was attended by selected representatives from the Eastern, Greater Accra, Volta, Western, Central and Ashanti Regions.

They were taken through presentations on the topics such ‘Wildlife Clubs, 30 years on’, ‘Successes, Opportunities and the challenges as a WCG leader’, and ‘Fund-raising for club activities’.

Mr Lartey noted that environmental values imbibed in Children were able to stay with them throughout life, and helps in protecting and saving nature.

He urged the Club leaders, who were teachers in respective schools across the country, to inculcate in pupils and students environmental preservation conducts.

He said: “We need to engage them through environmental outdoor activities such as excursions, camps, hiking and bird watching”.

Mr Lartey noted that pride, enthusiasm and vibrancy associated with the wildlife clubs over the years was on the decline, and added that the Society was taking steps to resolve it.

“The Spirit of dedication and volunteerism has been weakened over the years. There have been instances where it became extremely difficult to find a replacement for dedicated old club leaders transferred to new schools,” he said.

Touching on the challenges faced over the past 30 years, Mr Lartey said there had been ineffective coordination on the part GWS, lack of pro-activeness of club leaders and lack of funding.

On her part, Ms Louisa Kabobah, the Conservation Education Officer at GWS, said the society was taking proactive steps to revamp all the 245 clubs across the schools in the country.

She said the society would within next year, visit all the clubs to know them and bridge the communication barriers that had existed in the past years.

As part of the workshop, Mr Charles Adjei Sefa of the Ashanti Region was elected as the GWS Council Representative while Rev Anthony Benibengor was elected as the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of GWS.

The Society is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit making environmental organization, which seeks to conserve wildlife in all its forms to ensure a better environment and improved quality of life for all people.

GWS aims at initiating and supporting projects, which address specific problems; create public awareness and education through conservation programmes; promote the conservation of wildlife-protected areas; and encourage research on wildlife, environmental protection and conservation.

GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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