The Kadjebi District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Daniel Agbesi Latsu, has stressed the need for Ghanaians to take civic education and rights seriously. Mr.
Latsu said rule of law and the education of the citizens on their civic rights and obligations would ensure the strengthening of the country’s democracy.
“It also enhanced economic growth and development by providing the good political and business environment needed to attract both domestic and direct foreign investment”, he said. Mr. Latsu made these remarks at a civic education forum organised for Civic Education Club (CEC) members of Kadjebi Girls’ Model Junior High School (JHS) at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.
According to Mr. Latsu, civic education involved inculcating in a person the ideals, principles, practices, habits, skills, opinions, attachments, tasks, values and virtues necessary for the preservation and flourishing of any society or a system of governance. He said there were three main outcomes of any civic education enterprise in support of democratic governance and named them civic knowledge, civic skills, and civic dispositions. He said civic education, be it formal or informal needed these three products to thrive. Mr. Latsu, who spoke on the topic: “The Constitution and You”, called on the students to help educate Ghanaians on the values, principles, and objectives of the 1992 Constitution.
A Principal Field Officer of the NCCE, Mr. Richard Kwashie Segbawu underscored the need of studying the Constitution. Mr. Segbawu said adequate knowledge on the Constitution would enable the electorate to participate fully in the processes involved in the governance of the country at all levels.
The CEC Patron of Kadjebi Girls’ Model JHS, Ms. Evelyn Sedor, thanked the staff of the NCCE and appealed for more of such educative programmes.