Exercise Decorum When Dealing with National Security Agencies

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has asked students of Kaneshie Presbyterian School, North Kaneshie in the Greater Accra Region to exercise restraint when dealing with law enforcement agencies. During a Citizenship Week engagement at the school, the Deputy Director of Estates, Ms. Lucy Marie Danso explained the concept behind the NCCE’s Citizenship Week celebration. She addressed the students on the theme for the celebration; “30 Years of Consolidating Constitutional Democracy and Building National Cohesion: The Role of the Ghanaian Child”.

Ms. Lucy Marie Danso had interactive and demonstrative sessions with the students. She used teaching aids like stickers and posters to demonstrate values such as patriotism, accountability, peaceful co-existence and tolerance, discipline, respect for others, and respect for national symbols.

Ms. Danso further explained the rights and responsibilities of citizens, detailing the roles of the Ghanaian child in nation-building as indicated in Chapter 5 (The Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms) of the 1992 Constitution. She urged the students to eschew corruption saying, they are not obliged to give others gifts or money in return for a service. Thank you, she said, is enough.

She late highlighted the role of national security agencies and their principal duty to protect citizens. She urged students not to challenge the Police with the knowledge of the Constitution but to exercise decorum in standing firm and declaring their stance in case of abuse by the Police. The students were advised to report human rights abuse to institutions like the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVSU), even if it involves security officers.

A Civic Education Officer, Ms. Emmanuella Obeng-Koranteng entreated the students to take a keen interest in the national values to become responsible citizens in the future.

Ms. Lucy Marie Danso sang the National Anthem with the students to demonstrate respect for national symbols

Students of Kaneshie Presby School mention some examples of Rights we have as citizens

A student asking a question about corruption in Ghana

Ms. Emmanuella Obeng-Koranteng entreating the students not to take Ghanaian values for granted but to exercise them to become responsible citizens in the future


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