As concerns mount over global climate change, youth all over Africa, who form the majority of the continent’s population, are poised to become influential voices and agents of change in countries already facing serious environmental challenges in both urban and rural areas.
Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address the impact of global warming, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour and helps them adapt to climate change-related trends. The young persons of Ghana and the West African sub region could have extensive access to the information which will equip them to take on the new approaches towards climate.
The Mmofra Park is now established as an outdoor classroom for climate education, serving school field trips and special programmes. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany has been our main partner in hosting major climate education exhibitions designed for school children aged 8 to 15.
The first exhibition, in 2014 / 2015, also supported by the British High Commission, was on the theme OUR CLIMATE: THINK.ACT.CHANGE!
We followed up with a second exhibition in 2016.
Our Climate: Think.Act.Change! was first conceived as an opportunity to share the science of climate change and explain some its impacts in the West Africa region with Ghanaian children in a non-traditional outdoor learning environment where exploration and inquiry can take place freely through the many interactive elements in the exhibition landscape. Visitors to this year’s edition will find an updated park site and new hands-on experiences.
Discussions which began in 2013 between Mmofra Foundation and the German Embassy in Ghana were broadened to include the research and expertise of the Gambia-based Masters in Climate Education programme of the West Africa Region climate institute WASCAL. To bring the scientific elements to life for children, the Foundation for Contemporary Art in Accra was invited to curate the entire exhibition using child-friendly artistic elements, games and experiments to capture the imagination.