"Go Green" is an annual regional campaign run by the BSP Group to promote Environmental Responsibility.
Schools have always been a big part of Go Green since it's inception in 2010. The number of participating students has increased from over 14,000 in the first year to an overwhelming 45,000 in 2012.
"Our children are our future and our most valuable resource. Today's children are more knowledgeable and more concerned about nature, our planet, and our immediate surroundings than ever before," said Kevin McCarthy, BSP Country Manager.
"This year's theme seeks to encourage people to think about recycling and reusing their rubbish before disposing of it and to show greater respect to mother nature. This is vital in planning for a healthy, enjoyable, sustainable future. Our children already know this so it is our responsibility to ensure that they are well-prepared for taking an active role in the future," he added.
Annually, the Go Green Clean Up day centres around the Clean Up the World Day. This year's Clean Up is scheduled for Friday 20 September.
This year Go Green has developed further to include an art competition for schools to raise the profile of the types of rubbish that are being carelessly disposed.
Schools that register to participate in the clean up can take part in the art competition. The competition will have 2 categories - Junior and Senior. Schools will be required to make art from some of the items that they pick up on the clean up day. Judging will be done a month after the rubbish is collected.
The judging of the artwork will be done at district level with the final judging to be held in Suva.
Winners at district level will receive shopping vouchers with the overall top three winners receiving 6, 4 and 2 computers respectively. Prizes are the same for both categories.
Schools who wish to participate will be required to register and pick up clean up kits from their nearest BSP branch.
Mr McCarthy said "We thank the Ministry of Education and the Department of Environment and all municipal councils for their continuing support of the campaign since its inception. This year we welcome the iTaukei Affairs Board, as a key stakeholder in the programme with their support for the art competition at district level."
"As a Pacific bank, BSP plays a lead role in advocating for environmental sustainability. We have been involved in a number of environmental initiatives including Earth Hour and Earth Day. Recently, we sponsored the cleaning crew at the Hibiscus Festival and throughout the year, we support requests from various groups and organisations engaging in their rubbish collection activities.
BSP is a registered member of the global Clean Up the World Organisation.