NCCE to engage groups for citizenship education

BY: Samuel K. Obour

madam Charlotte Osei, NCCE BossThe National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is engaging volunteers from academia, business groups, professionals, women groups, and the clergy to go to schools and interact with pupils on issues relating to good governance and civic responsibilities.

Under a programme dubbed “Citizens Day,” the NCCE is targeting 4,000 basic schools with an estimated population of one million pupils across the country for the 2013 citizenship week celebration.

An NCCE document on the celebration made available to the Ghana News Agency by Mrs Joyce Afutu, Director for Public Affairs of the commission, said the week’s celebration is on the theme: “Advancing Together”.

She said the citizenship week activities were being co-ordinated by all the 216 offices of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) nationwide.

The document said in 2012, the maiden Citizenship Day was held in 2,000 schools throughout the country, adding that volunteers generally interacted with the pupils on democratic values such as duties of a citizen and the need to uphold democratic governance.

It said messages on good citizenship included “A good citizen is faithful and loyal to Ghana our motherland”; “A good citizen obeys the law; and “A good citizen respects the rights of other people.”

 The Citizenship Day is aimed at inculcating the spirit of quality citizenship in pupils and further reminding them of the sweat and toil of our forefathers in the struggle to develop the nation, and the role they (pupils) could play to strengthen constitutional democracy.

It said the Commission used mentorship approach as a strategy for delivering the Citizenship Day talks. -

Source: GNA