On the 21st of June, Atewa (the only home to the Togo slippery frog) celebrated its first ever Save The Frogs Day. It was on the theme “THE NEED TO PROTECT THE ATIWA FOREST FROM MINING”. The Atewa Range Forest Reserve is also Ghana’s most biodiverse area which holds the key to many unsolved scientific problems yet, it is the most threatened wilderness area.
Events were held at Kwabeng, the Atewa district capital. In attendance were about 150 participants including Atewa school children and teachers. Representatives from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) gave a talk on the importance of the Atewa Forest. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team heightened the need to protect the Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) and the entire Atewa biodiversity from both local small-scale mining and Government’s interest in mining the forest. The local people learnt more about the value of their own forest, which had been demarcated by their ancestors to provide goods and services for the people of Atiwa and mankind. Kids also entertained participants to some (froggy) azonto dance, the latest dance craze in Ghana.
The authorities and students suggested that SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana launch a chapter to help protect the forest. Please help us create the club for these enthusiastic students to help save the frogs at Atiwa. You can make your tax-deductible contribution to SAVE THE FROGS! USA and then send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org asking us to direct the donation towards SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. Thank you!
SAVE THE FROGS! GHANA PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATOR GIVING A TALK AT THE EVENT
THE TWO ASSISTANT NCCE DIRECTORS OF KWABENG GIVING A TALK TO THE STUDENTS
STUDENTS LISTENING TO THE PRESENTATIONS
A STUDENT DEMONSTRATING THE FROGGY DANCE MOVES AT THE EVENT
STUDENTS HAVING FUN AFTER THE CELEBRATION
A CROSS SECTION OF PARTICIPANTS AT THE CELEBRATION