The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) have held a joint training of trainers’ workshop for 588 staff nationwide who will serve as trainers for the existing talent pool of one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees across the country. The training is intended to engender civic-mindedness in young Ghanaians so they become active and responsible citizens whose conduct would impact on the communities in which they reside or work and also to contribute to nation-building.

Training for the third batch was held at Kwahu Pepease, in the Eastern from 6 th to 9th February 2020. Participants were made up of Directors of the NCCE and NABCO Regional Coordinators, Regional Monitors, District Coordinators, Research and Training Corps (RTCs) from the Eastern region. Participants were taken through the Vision and Mission of NABCO, History of Ghana, Principles, and Objectives of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, Global Citizenship Education, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rest were Nationalism and Patriotism, Peace and Conflict Transformation, Public Engagement and Delivery, National Core Values, Values Education, and Problem Solving Techniques.

Resource persons were the Regional Coordinator for NABCO (Greater Accra) Mohammed Baba Darisson, the Commission Secretary of the NCCE, Mr. Kojo Tito Voegborlo, NCCE Director for Communications and Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Joyce Afutu, Director of Programmes (NCCE), Mr. Johnson Opoku, Director of Research, Gender and Equality, Dr. Henrietta Asante-Sarpong, Assistant Director (NCCE), Dr. Imurana Mohammed and Dr. Ben. Kwashie, Registrar of Global Theological Seminary, Adentan, Accra.

Speaking on the mission and vision of NABCO, the Regional Coordinator said the NABCO scheme is to help young unemployed graduates acquire the requisite skills and work experience in both private and public sectors so they can migrate into full-time employment after their period of training.

NCCE and NABCO staff were challenged to really make a difference in their work and inculcate the values of patriotism in the Ghanaians citizenry. Speakers particularly the NCCE Commission Secretary, Mr. Voegborlo reiterated that patriotism is the key and we must not give up. He indicated that the Ghana we want to see is in our own hands and we must all work to achieve that. Participants were urged to eschew all forms of bad acts such as corruption, nepotism, backbiting, hatred, and intolerance. They were entreated to put the knowledge acquired to good use in order to impact society positively to bring Ghana to an enviable level in the world for countries to emulate.

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