The Ghana Canada Partnership for Environmental Education is a collaboration between VIU and two colleges located in Ghana: Sunyani Polytechnic (S. Poly), and the Sunyani Faculty of Forest Resource Technology (FFRT) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The project is in its third year of its five year life span. In the past two years, students from VIU have visited Sunyani to apply knowledge and skills in their respected fields over a three week field school in the spring. Faculty from FFRT and S. Poly also have also made an informational visit to VIU in the fall of each year.
The aim of the project is to help reduce poverty through environmental education in the region of Sunyani in Ghana. Sunyani is the capital of the Brong-Ahafo region which is located in Central Ghana.
In the past years, three key areas of need have been identified for community development.
- Health focus (e.g. reduction of HIV/AIDS , malaria, clean drinking water)
- Environment focus (e.g. waste management, forest fire management)
- Ecotourism development (e.g. Mole National Park)
The institutions will strive to build capacity throughout the five years by developing partnerships with community organizations in Ghana and Nanaimo and by engaging in knowledge transfer with Sunyani faculty to develop better teaching practices and extension services