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UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA WINS NCCE’S UNIVERSITY CIVIC CHALLENGE IN A WESTERN ZONAL ENCOUNTER
The University of Education, Winneba, UEW, has won the NCCE’s Western Zone University Civic Challenge Competition held at the main auditorium of the University of Cape Coast, UCC. Contestants were asked questions on Human Rights, Citizenship, Directive Principles, National Symbols and their meanings. Other questions covered historical places, political history, functions of the Council of State and general knowledge. The competing schools for the Western Zone were the University of Cape Coast, Takoradi Technical University and the University of Education, Winneba.
At the end of the Competition, University of Education Winneba had 445 points; UCC, 303 points which placed them second and Takoradi Technical University, TTU, with 25 points occupying the third place. A Deputy Chairman in charge of Finance and Administration of the NCCE, Ms. Kathleen Addy, said the University Civic Challenge has been designed to promote good citizenship and civic consciousness among young people especially tertiary students. She expressed the hope that it will serve as a platform for students to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the values that it promotes.
Whilst thanking the competing schools, Ms. Addy encouraged female students to actively participate in such competitions in order to increase women’s participation in governance related issues and national decision making processes.
The Central Regional Director of the NCCE, Mr Nicholas Ofori Boateng, said the competition among the three universities would get a champion to represent the zone at the national level. He further explained that the competition would encourage tertiary students to read and understand the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
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 ASKS STUDENTS TO BE AGENTS OF CHANGE
The Kadjebi District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Daniel Agbesi Latsu, has asked students to be agents of change to influence society positively. This, he said, would enable them to meet the hopes and aspirations of the people.
He said as agents of change, the students were to discharge their roles to spread civic education in their communities as a shared social responsibility to help build and nurture a civic-friendly Ghanaian society.
According to him, Ghana needed vibrant civic education to empower its citizens, but regrettably, past and present governments had not demonstrated much commitment to the issues of civic education.
CIVIC EDUCATION CLUB IN SCHOOLS
Mr. Latsu said this during the inauguration of the reconstituted Kadjebi-Asato Senior High School (KASEC) civic Education Club (CEC) at Kadjebi in the Volta Region.
He said as a strategy to reach out to the mass of the people, especially the youth with an understanding of the principles and objectives of the 1992 Constitution, the idea for the formation of CEC was conceived since 1996 when the first CECs comprising five schools were inaugurated at the Accra Academy in Accra.
Mr. Latsu said civic education was an ongoing process covering a wide range of subjects and this great task could only be effectively performed by bringing the Constitution to the doorstep of every Ghanaian in a simple language.
This, he said, could only be achieved through a 24- hour engagement which required mass involvement.
“By this, citizens will be civically-conscious¸ conversant and abreast of their rights and civic responsibilities”, he said.
The Patron of the club, Mr. Isaac Koka, was grateful to the management and staff of the commission for the reconstitution of the club in the school.
Mr. Koka appealed to the students to study hard since their future depended on the kind of education they received.
He said as students, what was needed for the realization of their potentials was commitment and perseverance. The Chairman of the KASEC CEC, Master Noah Wunanyun, on behalf of the club, pledged to help NCCE sensitized Ghanaians to their rights and civic duties.
NCCE RELEASES FOURTH QUARTER ACTIVITIES (OCTOBER - DECEMBER)
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is mandated by the 1992 Constitution to educate and sensitise the citizenry on their civic rights and responsibilities. The Commission draws quarterly activities to effectively and appropriately conscientise Ghanaian citizens on critical national issues and civic responsibilities every year. The first, second and third quarter activities have been implemented successfully. In the fourth and last quarter of the year, the following activities would be carried out across the country. They include:
- Community engagement on duties of a Ghanaian citizen with focus on the restoration of the Ghanaian values
- Civic Education on Child Labour and Human Trafficking
- Zonal level competitions of the Inter-University Quiz/Debate Championships,2017
- Engagement on Civic education in schools with emphasis on the revitalization of dormant Civic Education Clubs
- E-Quiz/Debate Board Competitions for SHS
- Information sharing workshop for staff on Anti-Corruption,Rule of Law and Accountability Programme
- Amentorship scheme for girls and peer support groups
- Focus Group Discussions and Community Durbars on Anti-Corruption,Rule of Law and Accountability Programme
- Engagement with Identifiable groups on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme
- Project Citizen Showcase Competitions on Democracy and Good Governance
- Engagement with marginalized and the excluded on participation in governance
- Dialogue Series on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme
- Public education on Environmental Governance