On Friday June 21, this year’s 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day will be celebrated in the Atewa District Capital, Kwabeng, under the theme “The Need To Protect The Atewa Forest From Mining”.
The program will be held at the Presby J.H.S Park, starting at 2:00 pm. School children will go on a march along the the principal streets of Kwabeng, holding placards with inscriptions such as “CREATE THE ATEWA HILLS NATIONAL PARK”, “DON’T MINE THE ATEWA FOREST”, “STOP ILLEGAL LOGGING IN THE ATEWA FOREST”, “HELP SAVE THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROG”, “SAVE ATEWA FOREST AND SAVE LIVES” among others.
The local people and school children will also DRUM AND DANCE FOR THE TOGO SLIPPERY FROG, as a way to communicate the Slippery Frog’s conservation importance to the general public. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team and other invited resource persons will also give talks featuring on the theme. The celebration is expected to draw up to 500 people and would be the largest of this year’s Save the Frogs Day programs in Ghana.
In attendance will be the Atewa Director of National Commission and Civic and Education, District Director of Education, and headmasters and proprietors of local schools.
The celebration is in line with SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s efforts to get government to rescind its decision to mine the Atewa Forest for bauxite, and to permanently protect the Atewa Forest as the Atewa Hills National Park (http://savethefrogs.com/atewa). Similarly, the celebration will also educate the local people surrounding the Atewa Forest who are currently exploiting the forest illegally for gold, timber and as well hunting the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog for food. The Atewa Forest is currently unprotected, and the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frogs (as well as over 700+ butterfly species that live there) are under serious threat from illegal logging, mountaintop removal mining and people hunting the frogs for food.