Annual Democracy Lecture
The Annual Democracy Lecture was instituted in 2012 as part of the Commission’s Constitution Week Activities. The NCCE Annual Democracy Lecture offers all Ghanaians the opportunity to reflect on how far the Country has faired on her democratic journey, assess pressing challenges and agree on a way forward; and in so doing strengthen our resolve to protect and ensure national stability. It is further aimed at creating in Ghanaians a sense of ownership of our democracy and its processes, thereby serving as a motivation for all to live up to the rights and responsibilities of a citizen.
Annual Constitution Week
The Annual Constitution Week was instituted in 2001 to commemorate the fourth Republic and the date on which the people of Ghana through a referendum accepted Ghana’s Fourth Republican Constitution. The ‘week’ is observed annually from the 28th of April to the 4th of May, nationwide with well thought out themes. Each year presents a unique strategy and theme for the celebration. Activities organized during the Week range from lectures, roundtable discussions, debates, quizzes, constitution game competition, durbars, clean-up campaigns, drama and media engagements.
Annual Citizenship Week
The NCCE’s Citizenship Week was instituted in 2012. The ‘Week’ presents a platform to remind young Ghanaians of their responsibilities as citizens and the role they can play in building a strong, vibrant and democratic Ghana. During the Citizenship Week, the Commission engages volunteers from the academia, business groups, clergy, professionals, media, women groups, persons in leadership positions and accomplished citizens living in the communities to interact and impact virtues of good citizenship, the need to uphold democratic values and civic responsibilities at basic schools across the country. In 2012, the maiden Citizenship Week was held in two thousand ( 2,000) schools throughout the country. In 2013, the number of schools for the Citizenship week engagements increased to Four thousand (4,000) . As at 2018, the Commission’s Citizenship Week target has reached two million, in 10,000 school and 10,000 volunteers who serve as resource persons. The celebration is observed in all offices of the Commission. 216 district offices, 10 regional offices and the head office. These offices coordinate our Citizenship Week actives nationwide.
Social Auditing Programme
The Social Auditing Project started in 2006 to promote transparency and accountability among public office holders and encourage citizens’ participation in governance. The concept is an essential element of participatory democracy that empowers the citizenry to demand accountability from duty bearers (both elected and appointed). The project offers a platform for a public education that enables the public to assess the performance of public policies, programmes and projects. This seeks to influence the processes, outcomes and impacts of public policies and actions against the corresponding budgetary allocations for their implementation. Several communities throughout the country have been introduced to the concept of Social Auditing.
Civic Education Clubs
The NCCE’s Civic Education Clubs (CEC) encourage the study of the Constitution to broaden and deepen the understanding of the youth in democracy and nation building. Students are encouraged to realize their roles as future leaders and take active part in consolidating Ghana’s democracy and national stability. CECs were introduced in 1996 by the Commission. The Commission has over eight hundred (800) CECs in basic, secondary and tertiary institutions across the country. CECs engage in activities such as quizzes, debates, mock parliaments and clean-up activities.
Project Citizen is a flagship programme that teaches students (aged 11-18 years) to monitor and influence public policy at the local and national government levels. It enables students to acquire civic knowledge civic skills and civic dispositions. The project also preaches democratic values and principles that make students well informed, critical / reasoned decision makers and effective participants in a democratic dispensation. The concept was introduced in Ghana by the Commission in 2006. Since then , the number of participating schools have increased from twenty (20) to over one hundred and ninety-six (196) institutions . A significant number of participating students stands at three thousand one hundred and twenty (3,120).
The Commission has over the years created platforms on which critical national issues bordering on sustaining and strengthening Ghana’s democracy are discussed. A quarterly Dialogue Series was introduced by the Commission in 2014 dubbed “Engage, Educate, Empower”. It seeks to engage, educate and deepen citizens’ understanding of Ghana’s democratic process to empower Ghanaians to actively participate in governance. During the dialogue, the Commission engages resource persons from diverse backgrounds to critically examine pertinent issues and contributions from participants.
So far six dialogues have been held which discussed the following topics;
- Beyond the August 29 Verdict:
- Balancing the power between the Three Arms of Government- Lessons and the path ahead.
- Assessing the effectiveness of District Assemblies in Ghana’s Democracy
- Assessing the effectiveness of Parliament
- Assessing the effectiveness of the Media
- Dialogue on Corruption