In The Spotlight
'Project Citizen' is here again. It's one of NCCE's flagship programmes where pupils are given the opportunityto propose solutions to national and governance
related issues. 'Restoring the Ghanaian Values: The Role of the Youth in Nation Building', is the focus for this year's encounter. 50 schools from all 10 regions
of Ghana will brainstorm on this topic. Starting Monday, 13th to 30th November, 2017, follow NCCE on this platform and be updated on our Project Citizen showcases. This project is made possible with support from the European Union.
The Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education, (NCCE), Ms. Josephine Nkrumah has entreated staff of the Commission to brace themselves to understand the Public Financial Management system for efficient public administration.
At an official ceremony to open an EU sponsored information sharing workshop at Kwahu Pepease in the Eastern Region, she called on the staff of the Commission to intensify civic education across the country to empower the citizenry to be active participants in Ghana's democracy.
Participants would be taken through a number topical Public administration processes. These include the Financial Administrative Act, Financial Administration Regulation, the Commission's Impress System, Programme Based Budgeting, EU Donor Procedures, Accounting for EU Funds, Understanding Performance Audit, National Anti Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) and priotising media visibility for the Commission's programmes and activities.
The annual workshop sponsored by the European Union brings together key players in the Commission to share best practices from the regions and acquire improved administrative procedures to better equip staff of the NCCE to effectively deliver on their mandate.
One crucial project yet to be rolled by the Commission is the Anti -Corruption, Rule of Law, Accountability Project, ARAP. The programme will help empower citizens to hold duty bearers accountable in their line of work, reduce corruption among others.
The EU has over the years supported the NCCE to train and build capacity of its staff across the country for effective work delivery.
The meeting with some selected officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is the first in a series of scheduled meetings with other Security officers across the country.
The Commission has chosen the theme “RESTORING THE GHANAIAN IDENTITY: OUR VALUES, OUR PASSION” for the year 2017 to remind Ghanaians that it is about time Ghanaians embraced the values that define us and protect our identity as a nation. The purpose of the engagement is intended to remind security officers to respect the law, authority, champion healthy sanitation practices, courtesy, integrity, honesty and countless values that best define Ghanaians. Disrespect for law and order, evasion of taxes, indiscipline on our roads, corruption etc are all acts of indiscipline that must be checked. The theme will therefore rekindle the old values of discipline and love for Ghana.
The Director of Programmes at NCCE, Johnson Opoku, took participating officers through the relevance of 28th April, 1992. He explained that the 1992 constitution was adopted through a referendum by the people of Ghana on the 28th of April hence the importance the NCCE places on the date. He recounted the numerous coup d’états and military regimes that Ghana has experienced and called on the security officers to protect and sustain the 1992 Constitution to have a responsible and law abiding society. He said the NCCE came up with the programme, Constitution Week to educate all stakeholders on the relevance of the Constitution.
Mr. Opoku outlined upcoming events for the year. These are Citizenship Week, Engagements with security agencies, National Dialogue series, E-Quiz and Spelling Bee contest for second cycle schools.
The GRA officers made some meaningful contributions at the programme. These are;
· Introduce moral education books such as “Courtesy for boys and girls” and “Civics” back in schools.
· Government to resource the NCCE adequately to enable it to carry out its mandate effectively.
· Ghana Education Service (GES) must liaise with the NCCE to introduce civic education programmes at the Junior High Schools (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) levels.
· The media must air more educational programme bordering on traditions / local content such as the old TV programme “By the fire side”.
· The officers stressed that, all efforts by the NCCE cannot be realized until Ghanaians change their attitude towards nationalism and patriotism.
NCCE SUPPORTS MOOT COURT COMPETITION WITH 70 COPIES OF 1992 CONSTITUTION
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has donated 70 copies of the 1992 Constitution to the Ghana Senior High Schools Moot Court Competition. The copies would be distributed to schools participating in this year’s Moot Court Competition. The gesture from the NCCE forms part of the Commission’s effort to encourage youth in schools to read and acquire basic knowledge in the provisions of the 1992 Constitution. It is also to promote good citizenship and civic consciousness among young people especially students of Senior High Schools.
The donation was made at a Moot Court event organized by the University of Ghana School of Law, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa under the theme: “Human Rights Education in Secondary Schools”. The Moot Court event seeks to quiz the mooting skills of Senior High School students throughout the country over a topical Constitutional Law issue that affects the fundamental human rights of Senior High School students.
A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Julius Ansah, who represented the Chief Justice, congratulated the organizers of the programme on their initiative to examine students’ knowledge on the laws of Ghana. He said the programme which represents a learning curve for teachers and the Ghana Education Service would institute a culture of respect for human rights in secondary schools.
He added that, “It is enough for the State to promote and protect the rights of children, because children have the agency which can be expressed to determine the extent to which they should be treated, especially in the school environment.’’
The Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Richard Quayson, urged policy makers to give education in the country the right balance. He encouraged the organisers to sustain the programme which sought to promote integrity and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizenry especially the youth.
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 FIIAP. 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.
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