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The World is observing Tolerance Day today. The day is globally set aside to create awareness among countries to tolerate each other’s views and believes. National Commission for Civic

Education (NCCE), in line with its mandate recognises the day as a significant one and an opportunity to remind Ghanaians to embrace tolerance. World Tolerance Day was instituted in 1995 by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The NCCE entreats Ghanaians and the world at large to accept and tolerate divert views to promote peaceful coexistence. Also, it is our individual and collective efforts to make sure that sanity prevails in Ghana and around the globe irrespective of the political, religious or ethnic differences. Democracy will continue to flourish as we become tolerant of each other by applying ourselves to the laws of the nation and the world, as one people with a shared and unified destiny. Article 21 (1 ) (a-g) of the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution  states the rights of citizens,“Every Ghanaian has the right to life, right to freedom of speech and expression, association, thought, conscience, belief, religion, culture, work and education”.The laws of our nation further ensure the protection of the minority, marginalized and excluded groups. Citizens are all enjoined to translate these provisions into real action to avert the unpleasant occurrence of civil unrest or disruption to national, continental and global peace. As a people, peace and tolerance should be woven into the national fabric and be nurtured by every Ghanaian for a tolerant society. On World Tolerance Day, the NCCE reminds institutions such as the government, family, religious bodies, political parties,  traditional authorities, civil society organizations and the media of their role in the educational process to consolidate the steady growth of our democracy.

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is mandated by the 1992 Constitution to educate and sensitize the citizenry on their civic rights and responsibilities.

As part of that mandate, the NCCE will undertake intensive public and civic education and engagements on corruption, public accountability and environmental governance issues across the country to help promote good governance.  The main activities are building the capacity of civic education providers  (NCCE, CHRAJ, CSOs and the media) to conduct campaigns, advocate and lobby for increased accountability and reduction in corruption as well as conduct joint  civic education and awareness on accountability. The programme will be implemented under a three and half year European Union (EU) Grant Contract in respect of  the project called Anti-corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability (ARAP).

ARAP is an EU Ghana project that focuses on   supporting the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) of Ghana among others. ARAP’s main objective is to contribute to current reform processes in the area of rule of law, accountability, anti-corruption and environmental governance by supporting key institutions to increase the ability of citizens, civil society organisations and the media to hold government and duty bearers accountable. The ARAP Project in Ghana is being coordinated by a Spanish firm called FIIAPP. The NCCE through effective collaboration and synergy with other key partners  namely the Judiciary, the Ghana Police Service, the Attorney General’s Department, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Civil Society  Organisations (CSOs) in the fight against corruption will execute the following specific activities:

  • Nationwide Research on Public Perception on the State of Corruption and Accountability in Ghana.This will form the basis for the Commission’s civic and public education engagements
  • Information Sharing Sessions for Staff of the NCCE to build their capacity for effective work delivery
  • Hold eleven (11) Staff Durbars across the country on ARAP issues
  • Information Sharing Sessions for Staff of the NCCE to build their capacity for effective work delivery
  • Training and Exchange Programmes to cover senior level management staff on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability issues
  • Hold Capacity Building for a mix of Technical and Management Staff
  • Undertake Focus Group Discussions and Community Durbars on Accountability and Environmental Governance in selected Districts across the country
  • Sensitization of identifiable Groups (FBOs, Workplaces, Traditional Authorities, etc.)
  • E-Quiz / Constitution Game Board Competitions
  • Project Citizen showcases in Senior High Schools across the country
  • Symposia in Educational Institutions
  • Dialogue engagements on ARAP – 8 in a period of 4 years
  • Annual Constitution Week Lecture to focus on ARAP issues
  • Citizenship Week Campaigns on Environmental Governance in collaboration with EPA
  • Social Auditing engagements in 216 selected Districts nationwide
  • TV and Radio Panel Discussions on ARAP issues
  • Airing of documentaries, animations and jingles on anti-corruption, rule of law and accountability
  • Advocacy platforms on Constitutional Amendment and Environmental Governance
  • Electronic and print media space for educational messages
  • Social Media Campaigns on Anti-corruption, Rule of Law & Accountability
  • Mass Text Messaging to disseminate information on ARAP issues
  • Production of Project Visibility Materials
  • Procurement of Operational Equipment
  • Production of Educational Materials
  • Project Steering Committee Meetings (Quarterly)

A National Campaign on Tax Compliance has been launched in Accra. The move is to create awareness on the payment of taxes to increase revenue.

The campaign which is on the theme, ‘Our Taxes, Our Future’ is also to stir up civic consciousness among Ghanaians to honestly honour their tax obligations. These will help government realize its domestic revenue targets, implemnet social intervention policies and accelerate national development across the country. The campaign is being fronted by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) with support from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Information Services Department (ISD), GIZ and UK AID.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta who launched the campaign, urged all Ghanaians to pay their taxes to support the country’s capacity to deliver on public goods such as education, health and security. Most importantly, the Finance Minister asked citizens to see the payment of taxes as a civic responsibility. He called on trade associations and other groups in the informal sector to take interest in the campaign and play proactive roles to encourage members fulfill their tax obligations.

The Acting Commissioner – General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, said the GRA will reverse the low tax contribution in the informal sector, which accordingto Mr. Nti, plays a dominant role in the economy. In his words, “This is a huge task, which calls for the involvement of all Ghanaians and to bring as many people as we can to the tax net and help bridge the gap between public expenditures and revenues.” Mr Nti said since tax mobilisation is a shared
responsibility between citizens and the tax administration, GRA is collaborating with organisations such as the National Commission for Civic Education,
 the Information Services Department and the media to execute the campaign. He appealed to Ghanaians to furnish the GRA with relevant information on
business activities in their vicinity to enable the GRA to bring the business operators into the tax net. He revealed that, although many Ghanaians
are engaged in income earning activities, especially in the informal sector, only 1.2 million people are registered for tax purposes. Out of this,
about one million people are in the formal sector and 200,000 in the informal sector.

The Deputy Chairman, in charge of Finance and Administration, Ms. Kathleen Addy lauded the collaboration between the NCCE and the GRA. She entreated all active citizens to honour their tax obligations citing Article 41(j) of the 1992 Constitution.  She said, the GRA-NCCE partnership has come to stay and as a constitutional body, the NCCE will strive to ensure that citizens fulfill their civic duty by honestly declaring their taxes. She called on other
state organisations to collaborate with the NCCE in all corporate activities that seek to engage citizens on important national issues.