In the quest to shape the lives of children (future leaders), the Krachi East Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Clement Kwesi Mamadu, together with his staff and resource persons from government and private institutions/religious leaders (Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Police Service, Chance for Children, Centre for National Culture, Ghana Education Service and Local Council of Churches) visited 41 basic schools in Krachi East Municipal to celebrate the 2024 Citizenship Week on the theme: Children Let’s Build Ghana Together, The Role of the Child”. They entreated pupils in the various basic schools to exhibit the spirit of nationalism and patriotism towards sustaining Ghana’s Democracy.

The NCCE introduced Citizenship Week as part of the annual Constitution Week celebration in 2012. Citizenship Week Celebration (CWC) seeks to remind basic school pupils of their rights and responsibilities as active citizens, and their role to build a strong, vibrant, and democratic Ghana. It also created a platform for some prominent personalities who are considered worthy role models in society to interact and impart virtues of good citizenship to pupils across the country.

The week celebration activities started on Monday 27th May to Tuesday 4th June 2024 in the Dambai Township to Kparekpare basic schools. Resource persons who facilitated the programme were drawn from the Ghana Education Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Police Services, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana Fire Service, Chance for Children, Center for National Culture and the Clergy respectively.

The pupils were reminded about how they can be powerful change agents in protecting the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, live in peace and harmony with each other, protect public properties, and safeguard the environment.

Superintendent Mohammed Yussif Tanko of the Ghana police service speaking at the Lakeside Basic School said they are the children are the source of vitality and remarkable gifts to every society and as future leaders and catalysts for peacebuilding, he said they should be powerful agents of change in promoting peaceful elections by educating themselves and others, advocating for peace, engaging in community activities, exhibit peaceful behaviours that will contribute to Ghana’s peace. He advised the pupils to tell their parents to help protect the peace in Krachi East and Ghana at large.

Pastor Tsey David a representative from the Ghana Education Service, interacted with the pupils of Millenium Academy and Mepekope M/A basic schools made to them to sing a patriotic song “Arise Ghana youth for your country” and then reminded them of the keywords in the song which served as pledges and roles in building and sustaining the country’s democracy. He further encouraged students to be disciplined, law-abiding, truthful, honest and always avoid bad friends, and report any unusual activities to the police or community leaders/teachers “See something say something”.


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