Ghana Clean Cookstoves Training Featured in the Press
March 13, 2017
World Education’s work in Ghana training and equipping peer educators with clean cookstoves has been written up in the Ghana News Agency and the Business Ghana newspaper.
The smoke from cooking charcoal and hard woods indoors on cookstoves and open fires releases harmful toxins into the air that can get trapped in a kitchen space and put families health at risk. Globally, three billion people rely on solid fuels to cook, causing serious environmental and health problems that disproportionally affect women and children. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, 4.3 million deaths were caused by cookstove smoke emissions.
Cleaner burning fuels and efficient stoves for household cooking not only protect users from exposure to smoke from the traditional fuelwood and charcoal, but also helps preserve forests.
To assist the government of Ghana in its goal to scale up clean cookstoves to 50% of the population by the year 2020, World Education trained community-based peer educators in the Ga West Municipality to use and the benefits clean cooking energy. The 30 trainers will now train their peers on the hazards of traditional cooking methods, and the benefits of switching to cleaner and more efficient cookstoves.
The three-day workshop drew participants—mostly women—from the Ga West District in the Greater Accra Region. They were trained using a structured manual with practical sessions in community entry, peer education, clean cookstoves usage, and its effect on the environment, climate, forests, and people’s health.
The training was part of World Education’s Integrated School Project on Clean Cooking Energy (INSPOCCE) project, funded by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove.
The workshop was a follow-up to one held for school-based child peer educators, which enables the children in basic schools to educate their peers and parents on clean cooking. During the first year of the pilot project, World Education trained more than 60 peer educators and 20 teachers, and reached more than 540 students from the two pilot schools and 3,580 community members through radio, information vans, tech fairs, and community sensitization activities.
Image courtesy of UN Foundation, Clean Cookstoves Alliance