June 1, 2021

Großer Baumpflanztag am 11. Juni / Big tree planting day on 11 June 
 
In connection with the International Day of the Forest (March 21), the Ghanaian government promises to plant five million trees on June 11, thereby setting an example for a sustainable environmental policy. We would like to take that opportunity to plant 120 native trees, including mango and milica trees, in Nyakrom and Swedru with our local partner, the Youth and Environment Club. As in our association work, sustainability is our guiding principle in this project too: We not only involve the students in our project, but also local residents and officials. This will attract media attention and raise awareness of the importance of forests and the need for afforestation for improving soil, water and air quality.
 
We would be very grateful for your financial support in this project!
 
Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V.
IBAN.: DE23520900000042822809
BIC: GENODE51KS1
Keyword: 11. Juni
 
 

May 19, 2021

Schutz für Bäume und Freizeitmöglichkeiten für Schüler:innen / Protection for trees and leisure places for pupils

Thanks to a donation from ERPA Systems, the ERPA forest on the 650-foot Agona Asafo Catholic Basic School site has been fenced off to protect endangered tree species. Benches have also been installed so that students can make the most of the shade provided by the trees, e.g. during breaks, but without hindering growth. "School Forests for West Africa" and the Youth and Environment Club Nyakrom would like to thank ERPA for their generous support. 

May 6, 2021

Neue Schulpartnerschaft begonnen! / New school partnership started!

The teachers and headmasters of Otto Hahn School Wunstorf and Nyakrom Senior High Technical School officially launched their cooperation with a virtual kick-off meeting. In the future, they want to exchange information regularly and start joint projects. As a first action, OHS is collecting football equipment as an incentive for pupils in Ghana to plant trees. In July, an online workshop with students from both schools is planned to sensitise the participants in a binational context for the protection of the environment and the preservation of the rainforest.

***These activities could also be an example for other partner schools. Please contact us, the coordination team, if you need support.***

 

March 16, 2021 

Regenwaldschützer:innen des Monats / Rainforest Conservationists of the Month

Since 2007, there has been a partnership between the primary school Am Sonnenbrink in Stadthagen and the Breman Esiam Roman Catholic Primary School in the town of the same name in Ghana. In both countries, the pupils learn a lot about rainforest protection on project days or in workshops and plant trees in their respective schoolyards. Fundraising campaigns are also part of the long-standing cooperation.

"Abenteuer Regenwald" has now honoured the students of both schools as "Rainforest Protectors of the Month March 2021". We congratulate them on their enduring commitment! Dear students, you did a great job!

Here you can find all the information: https://www.abenteuer-regenwald.de/regenwald-retten/eure-aktionen/2021/regenwaldschuetzer-maerz-2021        

 

February 18, 2021

Lehrer:innenworkshop für Umweltbildungsmaterial / Teacher training for environment education materials

For many months, "Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V." and our partner association in Ghana "Youth and Environment Club" worked on materials for environmental education in Ghanaian schools. The pandemic situation delayed the completion and distribution, but now that the schools in Ghana are open again, the opportunity was immediately taken to present the newly developed material to the 16 project partners involved on Friday, 12 February 2021. The presentation took place in the framework of a one-day workshop, during which the teachers were able to familiarise themselves with the material in order to subsequently create a stronger awareness for the protection of the environment and nature in their respective schools. The material covers all relevant areas, such as nature conservation, waste disposal, water, energy, etc., in an age-appropriate manner. The association "Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V." would like to thank, as well as the "Youth and Environment Club", the generous support of the BINGO-UMWELTSTIFTUNG for this project.

Thanks to private donations, the event was enriched with the procurement of T-shirts with the logo of the "Youth and Environment Club" and face masks for the participating teachers as well as footballs for the schools. We would like to express our sincere thanks for this as well!

A Ghanaian newspaper report about the teachers' workshop for the project can be found at the link below: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/german-based-ngo-distributes-tlms-to-schools-in-central-region.html 

December 22, 2020

Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2021! 

A difficult year for all of us is finally coming to an end. Despite all, thanks to creative solutions and your continuous support we were able to achieve a lot this year:

Year review 2020

We thank all members, partners and sponsors for their loyalty and great support! In this short film we have summarized the work of the association over the past 25 years:

Anniversary film

And if you're still looking for a last-minute gift for Christmas, we can recommend a gift certificate! Just click here for an unrestricted donation or here for support in our solar lamp project.

We wish you happy and relaxing holidays and a happy new year, health and many happy hours with your loved ones!

 

November 14, 2020 

Erfolgreicher Projekttag // Successful project day 

Under the motto "Together for the rainforest", pupils* of the partner schools Wilhelm-Busch-Gymnasium in Stadthagen and Senior High School in Bawjiase spent a whole day together online: Videos shot in advance in which the pupils* introduced themselves and their school and home towns were the basis for a lively exchange in small groups during a video conference. Also on the programme was the playful learning of some words in German and Twi, as well as a cinematic input on the project "School Forests for West Africa e.V." and the global sustainability goals (SDGs). Dr. Sam Essiamah, founder and 1st chairman of the association, answered questions from interested pupils*. In the afternoon of the project day, the pupils* experienced how it is possible to gain insights into the world of peers in Germany/Ghana despite the geographical distance: The pupils* took a virtual tour of the city via video call, photos, videos and voice messages and discovered environmental problems and solutions together and then connected to the knowledge they had learned about the SDGs. When asked about their impressions of this digital exchange project, the Ghanaian and German pupils* expressed their enthusiasm in equal measure: "That was exciting.

The virtual city tour as well as further materials of the project can be found here

The project was sponsored by Verband Entwicklungspolitik Niedersachsen (VEN) organizing weltwechsel-Aktionswochen. Thank you very much for the support!

November 8, 2020

Gemeinsam für den Regenwald / Together for the rainforest

Intercultural exchange day at two schools in Germany and Ghana

Environmental education knows no boundaries - thanks to virtual communication possibilities. Together with pupils* from the Wilhelm-Busch-Gymnasium in Stadthagen and the Senior High School in Bawjiase (Ghana) we are holding a workshop day on 14 November 2020 on the topic of rainforest conservation. With the help of interactive methods, we want to examine the topic from our respective perspectives and develop strategies for action. The programme includes intercultural learning activities and language animations, input on rainforest conservation and the Global Sustainability Goals (SDGs), a virtual city tour in Stadthagen and Bawjiase in search of environmental problems and solutions and the joint creation of a digital pinboard with photos, videos and podcasts to record the results.

This project is part of weltwechsel Niedersachsen - Gemeinsam Welt gestalten!, THE state-wide action weeks on global justice issues. Between 2 and 22 November, more than 40 associations, initiatives, institutions, collectives and individuals will organise over 50 different events in 18 cities and municipalities. These are thematically oriented towards global sustainability goals. The event is being coordinated by the Lower Saxony Development Policy Association. World Change is supported by the Lower Saxony BINGO Environmental Foundation, the Catholic Fund, Bread for the World and the Lower Saxony State Chancellery and is being implemented in cooperation with RENN.nord, the Lower Saxony State Agency for Civic Education and Oikocredit.

Due to the current corona situation, the pupils in Stadthagen take part in the exchange day exclusively online or in groups of two. In Ghana, the pupils gather at their school. After the event, the digital pinboard will be published on the website of the association "Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V.". (www.schulwaelder.org) as a result of the event.

 

October 12th, 2020 

Ausbau der Solaranlagen / Extension of solar panels 

Thanks to the support of Afri-Solar e.V., the London Odumto Association and Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V., the solar power supply at Nyakrom Senior High Technical School could be expanded. The mini-solar plant, which has now been commissioned on 16 September 2020, serves the school's community block, the dining hall, the home economics department, two girls' dormitories, the school kitchen and will soon be connected to the headmaster's bungalow. 

Read more in this report.

Click on the pictures below to see more. 


August 31st, 2020

Small move, great positive impact for forests and our climate - thank you for your donation!

We are very happy about the various donations we have received in the last months. Thanks to your help we can finance our tree planting projects, as we can cover any costs incurred. Although our tree nursery should be able to function in the long term by selling fruit trees, we are not yet at that point (due to the coronary crisis, among other things). So we are still happy about your support!

Even a small amount is enough: Each seedling costs about 2 Euro until it is planted (purchase, watering, transport costs, personnel, ...). We select tree species that belong to the natural forest stand of the planted area, e.g. Casia, Rain Tree, Montalis, Acasia, Milita, Mahogany, Albezia Lebek, Teak. In this way we contribute to the regeneration of the rainforest, which is suffering from progressive destruction. Forest protection is an elementary part of environmental and climate protection. Be part of it with your donation!

 

May 17, 2020

Neues aus der Baumschule in Nyakrom / News of the tree nursery in Nyakrom

Currently the schools in Ghana are closed due to the Corona crisis, but the work in our nursery continues to prepare everything for the return of the students* Since our nursery is financed by the sale of fruit trees, our gardener Sammy is currently planting coconut seedlings. After about three months they will be big enough to be sold. The money raised can in turn be used to finance part of the cultivation of various tree species, which the Youth and Environmental Club distributes free of charge to the more than 75 project schools in Ghana, so that the students can take care of the planting and maintenance as part of our reforestation and environmental education concept. 

We are trying to make the nursery independent of donations in the long term, but have not yet fully achieved this goal. Therefore, please help with your donation to reforest the rainforest in Ghana and to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Many thanks!

March 5, 2020

Großzügige Unterstützung durch den Brocken Marathon - DANKE! / Great support from the Brocken Marathon - THANK YOU!

"Schulwälder für Westafrika" is very grateful for the generous donation of the Brocken Marathon in the amount of 7500 Euro, which will benefit our reforestation projects in Ghana.

Weitere Infos hier / More infos here

February 28, 2020

Schulwälder goes Instagram 

Hey, we're on Instagram now. From now on, you can find also there all the latest news from our projects as well as exciting environmental tips and join in actions! Follow us:

www.instagram.com/schoolforests 
@schoolforests 
#schoolforests  

schoolforests instagram

January 4th, 2020 

Sam Essiamah, founder of "School forests for West Africa", appeals to Ghanaian government to promote tree planting in schools.

Sam Essiamah, Gründer von "Schulwälder für Westafrika", appelliert an die ghanaische Regierung, Baumpflanzungen an Schulen zu unterstützen.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE. 

 

December 1, 2019

Advent, advent... Our Christmas offer for you!

You are still looking for a nice Christmas gift? Dedicate your donation to your loved ones.

How does it work?
Support our association's project "Solar lamps for the reforestation of the rain forest"! You donate for solar lamps for Ghanaian students who plant trees. You will get a donation certificate with the name of the person for which you send the donation.

Sounds good? Here you go!

Last but not least: Discover our advent calendar while waiting for Christmas!

 

June 5, 2019

Weltumwelttag an der Bawjiase Senior High School 

World Environmental Day at Bawjiase Senior High School 

World environment day is celebrated on the 5th of June every year. It's a day set aside by the UN to create awareness on the environment and since it's inception has been the principal day for celebrating environmental issues and awareness.
This year, YALI Alumni led by Henry Bondzie and other partners including World Merit, GLOPA took the celebration to Bawjiase senior high school. There was a sensitization on the environment which basically centered on Air Pollution which was also the theme for this year and also on the SDGs. The team after the sensitization also led the school and the staff to plant about 100 seedlings on the campus.

5th June 2019


May 31, 2019

Ausbau der Solarstromversorgung erfolgreich: Einrichtung einer Photovoltaik-Anlage an der NYASTECH 
Expansion of solar power supply succesful: Installation of an photovoltaic system at the NYASTECH

The expansion of the solar power supply at the Nyakrom Secondary Technical School (NYASTECH) is making progress. As early as 2012, a photovoltaic system was installed at this school, which has around 1200 pupils, in cooperation with the ISC Konstanz and the Landesgymnasium für Hochbegabte (LGH) in Schwäbisch Gmünd to supply the computer centre with electricity. This project was supported by the Lower Saxony Lotto Foundation BINGO.
The aim of the follow-up project from 2017-2018 was to expand the NYASTECH facility, which was set up in 2012, in order to additionally supply the girls' hostel and a neighbouring school building with electricity. Since the girls' dormitory, unlike the boys' dormitory, is far away from the existing solar power system, the students have serious concerns about their safety during the frequent state power outages. In cooperation with "Afrisolar e.V." represented by Mr. Tobias Claus, "Schulwälder für Westafrika" (represented by Dr. Essiamah), Ghanaian company "Eng-Solutions" (represented by Mr. Otoo Addo) and Youth and Environment Club, a grid-connected solar system with batteries was installed at two facilities (girls' hostel and school building) at the Nyakrom Secondary Technical High School.
All representatives of the above-mentioned organisations were involved in the implementation of the previous project and had experience in the physical functioning and basic technology of the solar cell, in project management and in the planning and dimensioning of PV systems and could carry out the project independently. The owner of Eng Solutions, Mr. Otoo Addo, for example, set up his own solar system installation company. This project involved local PV professionals at the school who were trained during the first PV project in 2012. They can carry out simple maintenance work themselves and are thus available to solve problems.
The opening ceremony took place at the end of last year. Read more about the ceremony in this Ghana News Agency newspaper article.


April 22, 2019 

Übergabe der Hygieneartikel an sechs Schulen in Nyakrom and Swedru. Dieses Projekt wurde finanziert von der Niedersächsischen BINGO-Umweltstiftung und durchgeführt durch den Youth and Environmental Club in Ghana.

Delivery of hygiene articles to six schools in Nyakrom and Swedru. This project was financed by the Lower Saxony Bingo environmental foundation and carried out by our south partner, the Youth and Environment Club in Ghana

In addition to tree planting on schoolyards and the improvement of learning conditions in schools, the promotion of hygiene measures is one of the goals of our association. With the support of Lower Saxony's BINGO Environmental Foundation, our partner in Ghana, the Youth and Environment Club, was able to distribute hygiene products at six schools in Ghana, supporting around 1,500 students in their daily hand washing routines. The primary goal of this project is to sensitize the children for the need of good hygiene in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cholera or typhus. A total of 48 buckets with taps and steel racks ("Veronica Buckets"), 48 bowls and 600 plastic cups were provided. Furthermore, in two schools, water pipes could be installed and, in addition, a polytank for rainwater collection for toilet flushing was set up at one of the two schools.
The project will now be continued on-site by Mrs. Brako, a member of the Ghanaian School Board and responsible for the Health Education Program. The Ghanaian government has given high priority to sanitary measures in schools and communities.

The project has been very well received so far and has also been accompanied by the National News Agency. Here is the report: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/ngo-donates-sanitary-materials-to-schools-134948?fbclid=IwAR1IRqcO4UjUun7141NiWXM7DE7VWZ-Iu9h56vxEosaKYQpTYLAznN4yYCU


December 28, 2018 

Newsletter und Neujahrswünsche / Newsletter and New Year's Wishes 

Dear friends of our association,

It happened quite a lot this year... This newsletter will give you an overview of all our activities in 2018:

SWfWA-Newsletter18-12a.pdf

In addition, the chair persons of our association were honored during a ceremony in Ghana. You will find a newspaper article (Ghana News Agency) here and some pictures below this text:  

Article-Sam-and-others-honoured18-10.pdf

Furthermore, we are very grateful for your support and would also be happy if you'd continue this. Find more information in this document:  

Machen Sie mit - Solarlampen als Ansporn für Aufforstung - Ihr Beitrag zählt.pdf

Best wishes for 2019!

March 20, 2018 

Danke, ERPA! Thank you, ERPA! 

We would like to thank our sponsor ERPA systems from Germany. We couldn't have been successful if the company hadn't been supporting us throughout many years so far. Click here to find an overview of our recent projects: REPORT TO ERPA18-2.pdf 

On http://erpa.de/de/unternehmen/unsere-projekte/ghana/index.html you will find a photo gallery which represents the wide range of our projects. 

Below you can have a look at pictures of our project in 2018:  

December 24, 2017

Schulwälder für Westafrika e.V. wünscht Ihnen allen frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr! / School forests for West Africa e.V. wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

Once again an exciting year draws to a close. Thanks to the numerous support many projects could be continued and new ones initiated. Among others, 10'000 trees were successfully planted by pupils at Ghanaian schools! The solar lamp project has been initiated and 750 lamps have already been distributed among the students. 
We are immensely grateful for all the support during 2017 and hope to be able to continue our work successfully in 2018! We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018!

December 22, 2017

Bingo-Umweltstiftung fördert Photovoltaik an Schule in Ghana / Bingo Environment Foundation supports photovoltaic system at Ghanaian school 

School forests for West Africa e.V. will get 8000 Euro from the Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation in order to enlarge the photovoltaic systems of the Nyakrom Senior High Technical School Ghana. Especially the girls on campus will benefit from the enlargement because they will henceforth have light in their residence hall. So far they couldn't learn in the evenings since it is too dangerous for them to go outside in the darkness to continue learning in a different building with more light. 

The enlarged photovoltaic systems is providing stable electricity on a local level, therefore reducing power cuts to a minium and increasing the functioning of connected devices. This contributes to the school activities of this school with its 1200 students. 

The Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation (German name: Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung = NBU) supports environment and nature protection projects as well as projects in the field of international development aid and preservation of monuments. The foundation is financed by lottery winnings, in particular the Bingo Environment Lottery. Please find further information here: www.bingo-umweltstiftung.de.

 

December 22, 2017

Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung fördert Hygiene in Ghana

The Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation will support a project of School forests for West Africa e.V. with 3860 Euros. The association located in the German town Göttingen will use the donation for the improvement of hygienic conditions in six schools in Agona Nyakrom. 

Five schools will be provided with 48 "Veronica Buckets" so that hand washing with running water will become easier for students and teachers. The "Veronica Buckets" are an innovation invented and developed by the biologist Veronica Bekoe: It is a bucket with a tap on a simple wooden rack from which water is flowing into a bowl. In another school, a collection bin and a pipe should be installed on the toilet. The steps taken to bring the hygienic conditions forward should be an improvement for 1500 students. 

The Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation (German name: Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung = NBU) supports environment and nature protection projects as well as projects in the field of international development aid and preservation of monuments. The foundation is financed by lottery winnings, in particular the Bingo Environment Lottery. Please find further information here: www.bingo-umweltstiftung.de.

 

September 30, 2017 

Sam Essiamah erhält Ehrenamtspreis / Sam Essiamah awarded

Sam Essiamah was awarded by the Lower Saxony Bingo Environment Foundation (NBU) for his lifelong commitment to environment protection and education. The Lower Saxony Environment Minister, Stefan Wenzel, and the Executive Board Chair, Sigrid Rakow, handed over the prize which is a journey voucher and a donation for Schulwälder e.V.  "Sam Essiamah tries to make pupils become interested in nature and environment protection and the use of renewable envergy" explains Rakow the decision. 

German press reports: 

http://www.bingo-umweltstiftung.de/Umwelt/Image/Pressebereich/NBU%20Pressemitteilung%20EP%202017%20170918.pdf 

http://www.goettinger-tageblatt.de/Goettingen/Uebersicht/Niedersaechsischer-Ehrenamtspreis-fuer-Goettinger

Photo: Christa Loose

June 19, 2017

Erfolgreiches Event: Umweltkonferenz in Agona Swedru / Successful Event: Environment Awareness Day in Agona Swedru

http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/tree-planting-project-launched-in-agona-swedru.html

Allen Spenderinnen und Spendern danken wir für die Unterstützung! 

Thank you to those who supported us! 

Einige Bilder: / Some pictures: 

April 12, 2017

ICT-Buch veröffentlicht / ICT book launched

http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/education/book-on-ict-launched-at-agona-nyakrom.html

Copies can be ordered: info@schulwaelder.org or ambroselinsonarthur@gmail.com

 

April 10, 2017 

Sponsoren gesucht für unsere Umweltkonferenz in Ghana 
Sponsoring needed for our Environment Awareness Day in Ghana

Weitere Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte diesem Dokument: 

Please find further information in this document: 

Umweltkonferenz in Ghana.pdf

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January 17, 2017 

Rückblick auf die Aktion "Miteinander Füreinander" / Public Event in Göttingen "Miteinander Füreinander"

We are very happy and grateful for all the interest in our projects and the support we received at the last fund-raising event “Miteinander Füreinander” at KaufPark Göttingen! 

Together with three volunteers, Sunguk and Hyojeong from Korea and Pia (volunteer in Ghana 2015/16), Dr. Sam Essiamah provided information about our tree planting and solar lamp projects as well as sold wonderful products from Ghana! We are very thankful for the great assistance!
We are already now looking forward to the next event in November!

 

 

November 22, 2016

***News from Nyakrom***

There is now a signboard in front of the tree nursery project, indicating all partners. Apart from this, the work is going on very well: 8000 seedlings have been bred so far, 6000 of them had been distributed to schools. 

 

 

November 8, 2016 

Errichten einer Baumschule in Ghana / Building a tree nursery

An important step in achieving our goal to sustainably plant trees on school compounds in Ghana is made – together with the Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung und Rapunzel Naturkost, our partner in Ghana, the “Youth and Environmental Club”, was able to establish a tree nursery in Nyakrom!

It is of pivotal importance to us to include children in our projects, since as they are our future, it is crucial to teach children about the environment and climate. Only with children we will be able to create sustainable nature conservation schemes. In our work, we do not use any herbicides, pesticides or similar to avoid further contamination of the soil and water. We hope that after two years the tree nursery will be financially independent by selling fruits as well as fruit and decorative trees, and will be able to continue providing free seedlings to surrounding schools. The help of volunteers, however, will always be highly appreciated.

 

February 7, 2016

Unterstützung für das Solarlampen-Projekt / Support for the solar lamps project

The solar lamp project received a generous 24.340 Euro donation from the Niedersächsische Bingo-Umweltstiftung! We are very grateful for their support and the trust set in us and the solar lamp project!

Teaching material and 750 solar lamps will be distributed among 25 schools in Ghana (Agona Nyakrom, Central Region). The local “Youth and Environmental Club” supervises the project and will also implement a tree planting project. Thirty dedicated students from each school will plant four trees and take care of them for six months. They will be rewarded with free solar lamps, thereby the students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in tree planting and sustainability.
Since the current electric power network does not ensure permanent power supply people depend on alternatives. Solar lamps provide safe and clean light and can replace the traditionally used petroleum or battery-powered lamps or candles, which will also save money. The solar lamps will enable families to organize their evenings more productively and children can do their homework and study in clean light. Thus, the solar lamp project combines sustainable management and conservation.

 

 

January 31, 2016

Danke! Thank you! 

ERPA Systems GmbH has supported our projects at School Forests for West Africa e.V. since 2010! We are very grateful for this fruitful collaboration! 

Read more about our projects here: http://erpa.de/en/company/our-projects/ghana/index.html

 

November 17, 2015

Naturschutzwoche für Kinder / Nature conservation week for children

During the „Nature conservation week for children“ about 5000 children had the opportunity to learn about nature and conservation in a playful and hands-on manner. Organized by the Natur-Netz Niedersachsen e. V. and 56 other environmental organizations children were able to take part in 82 different activities including building a nesting box, preparing fresh apple juice, planting trees and helping to protect honey and wild bees! Naturally, we contributed as well! Among others, the head of our association “School Forests for West Africa” Dr. Sam Essiamah met with second-year students at the “Primary School am Sonnenbrink”. The students discussed the ecosystem rain forest and planted a ginkgo tree. At the same time a tree planting event took also place at the Ghanaian partner school “Breman Esiam Roman Catholic Primary School”, where students planted a mahogany and teak tree. Already since 2006 the “Primary School am Sonnenbrink” supports tree planting activities in Ghana and helped in establishing a school forest there!