6. Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

This is a real topical issue that is at the heart of the government and people of Ghana. The government of Ghana has decreed the first Saturday of every month as National Sanitation Day where everyone including the President of Ghana, his appointees, members of the judiciary et al come out to engage in clean-up exercises in their communities.

Even before the workshops could commence, Heads of some of the schools called on Ananseman Play House, expressing the desire to have more teachers participate in the workshops on “clean water and sanitation”.

When we proposed to have a separate and special workshop for the teachers, we were very surprised most of the Heads of the second cycle institutions pleaded to sit in the workshops with the children and young people.

Discussions on this goal took us once again to all six (6) regions; Ashanti, Central, Easter, Greater Accra, Volta and Western. The issues raised were about the same in each region. So the workshop began.

We probed;

  1. What are the sources of water in Ghana?
  2. What are the sources of drinking water in Ghana?
  3. What is the essence of clean water? The rivers, lakes, lagoons, boreholes, treated water?
  4. What is sanitation?
  5. Is there a correlation between clean water and sanitation?
  6. Is lack of education on water a threat to the security of a nation?
  7. Is the pollution of water preventable and avoidable?
  8. What are the methods of getting rid of waste?
  9. How must children, young people and women ensure good quality water and hygienic environment?
  10. s the goal a realistic one?
  11. Should children, young people and women be liable for clean environment and safe and proper disposal of refuse?
  12. What roles can children, young people and women play when their suggestions towards a clean environment go unheeded?
  13. Their solutions under the microscope.
  14. Did they know of the existence of the UN Sustainable Development Goal on Water and Sanitation?
  15. Can their solutions be translated into a short creative film for competition?

Our findings;

It came to light that rivers, lakes and lagoons in Ghana are serious polluted and is a serious worry to all well-meaning people. This is especially so because these water bodies are the same ones that supply the water companies in Ghana with water for onward treatment to make it drinkable.

Disposal of refuse is another worry in Ghana. There appears to be more refuse generated than can be collected. It is often said that the refuse we are unable to manage ends up in the very water body the supplies the water companies with water.

There is a correlation between clean water and sanitation. Unhealthy cultural practices like indiscriminate disposal of waste leave the waste at the mercy of wind and rain. While the wind blows the refuse into drains and water bodies, the rain water directs the run-off water into the water bodies.

Conversely, when there is proper disposal of waste, you realise that the water bodies remain clean.

The children and young people also opined that illegal economic activities pollute and contaminate our water bodies. Illegal small scale mining (galamsey), defecating in drains and close to water bodies, fishing with pesticides are just three examples of human activities that contaminate our water bodies.

Continuous awareness creation on water and sanitation, education as well as proactive solutions like increasing waste disposal receptacles found in the communities, prompt collection of garbage, segregation of garbage into components of biodegradable and non-degradable help with more efficient waste treatment while occupying smaller place for waste dumping.

Many of the community of students we visited have expressed their readiness to put their proffered solution into the work of a short film.

What We Do


ANANSEFEST is the bringing together of children and young people between the ages of 10-19 years to use film as a tool for development.
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Ananseman Play House took the trainers through workshops and forums to understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals and translating the understanding into films.
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Sports For Development

It has been established that sports is an activity that transforms the individual and society.
In leisure and competition, sports is a tool for development.
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Ghana's Tomorrow

The future of Ghana depends on the children and young people of today. It is a national educative programme designed at getting the children and youth in the various regions to identify, educate and solve issues that are pertinent to their locality.
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Symposia & Lectures

To bring out outcomes in the target group we deal with, we begin our first meetings with them through Interactive Lectures or Symposiums. For example, we had both symposiums and lectures on the UN Sustainable Development Goals before continuing with workshops.
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Drama On Television

In 2015, Ananseman Play House has laid the foundation with GTV to air TV drama series for thirty-nine (39) weeks on five (5) thematic areas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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What People Say

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Anansefest will enearth the hidden talent in the children and help them discover future profession in the creative arts.

Ms CharlotteAddo, Nifa Senior High
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It is a welcome development that the potentials of the individual students are now being nurtured through Anansefest and we intend to partake in subsequent competitions by Ananseman Play House.

Ms Cecila Appiah, Krobo Girls
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National development depends on the youth and Anansefest is helping to showcase the talents of the students and youth while who will be future leaders.

Mrs. Felicia Koree, Chemu Senior High
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Our drama group was invited to participate in the Anansefest competition and we found it really informative and exciting.

Accra Girls High School.
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Anansefest has shifted the focus of the youth from vices and cultism to seeing that they also could be shining stars.

Nifa Senior High

Ananseman News


This workshop organized for the various instructors of the participating schools and members of Team ANANSEFEST was aimed at exchanging ideas on how to train young people in filmmaking. There was a presentation by Füsun Eriksen-Director of Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival.

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The much awaited launch which was held at the Exhibition Hall of the National Theatre was attended by over 300 persons, the event was chaired by Mr. Nat Nunoo Amarteyfio and honoured by Dr. Bernice Heloo (Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Information).

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24 June 2011

Ananseman Playhouse, the producers of Ghana's first ever National Students’ Film Festival have had their maiden awards night at the British Council Hall on the 24th of June, 2011. The awards night was held after the thirteen weeks of screening on GTV.

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