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Group picture, at the entrance of the Wa regional hospital

The Upper West regional chapter of the Ghana Scout association has started what it calls “a monthly clean up exercise”. The maiden event took place on Saturday, 2nd November 2019, under the theme “Good Sanitation, Every Scout’s Responsibility”.

The event brought together over 200 scouts and students from the Wa Secondary Technical School and the Wa Technical Institute, as well as officials from the Wa municipal assembly, the Environmental Health and Sanitation, and the National Youth Authority with support from Alhaji Muskila Motors to clean the Wa Regional Hospital.

Chairman of the Upper West Regional Scout Council, Mr. Yussif Harum Kadir explained that the idea to initiate a monthly clean up exercise was based on the Scout’s promise and principles of helping to build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in their society. Mr Kadir further stated that the clean up exercise would be sustained and observed monthly by the Scout Association and it’s partner organizations.

The regional training commissioner, Bawa Yahaya, said he was overwhelmed by the high level of participation and hope to maintain or increase the momentum in subsequent events.

The Scout Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which is opened to all persons without regards to gender, race, age, or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the founder.

Scouting contributes to the education of young people through a value system based on the following principles:

a) Duty to God: – Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.

b) Duty to others: – (i). Loyalty to one’s country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and co-operation.
(ii). Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of one’s fellow human being and for the integrity of the natural world.

c) Duty to self: – Responsibility for the development of oneself, Keep your body and mind clean and fit.