Ashaiman, June 16, GNA - The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), as part of its citizenship week celebration, has presented copies of the 1992 Constitution to some basic schools in the Ashaiman Municipality.
The Ashaiman office of the NCCE also provided the schools with posters of national symbols, patriotism, and national unity emblems to serve as a reminder for the pupils to uphold the constitution and discharge their civic responsibilities to the Ghanaian state.
Each of the 55 basic schools, comprising both public and private in the electoral areas in the Municipality, received a copy of the 1992 Constitution.
The Annual Citizenship Week Celebration is one of the flagship programmes of the NCCE, which is celebrated during the Annual Constitution Week Celebration targeting children in the basic schools throughout the country.
It is used as a platform for citizens living in the community, who have excelled in their chosen professions to interact with the children and impact virtues of good citizenship in them to make them responsible citizens in future.
Mrs Gifty Badu, NCCE Ashaiman Municipal Director, told the Ghana News Agency at Ashaiman that the 2021 commemoration was on the theme: “We Are One; Ghana First.”
She said the celebration was also aimed at promoting patriotism, unity and national cohesion, among the children that was why the NCCE found it prudent to present the schools with the constitution and posters.
NCCE, she noted, was an institution mandated by the 1992 Constitution to promote and sustain democracy, as well as inculcate in the Ghanaian citizenry including children the awareness of their rights and responsibilities, through civic education.
This, she said, led to the NCCE initiating the Constitution Week in 2001 aimed at engaging with the citizens to remind them of the 1992 Constitution and the need to uphold and defend it at all times.
The NCCE District Director said the citizenship week was introduced in 2012, as part of the annual constitution week, with a focus on targeting children in basic schools and impacting virtues of good citizenship in them.
Mrs Badu said this year’s theme was chosen to emphasize that “it is about time we instil the spirit of Patriotism, Nationalism, Hard work and National Cohesion among others as the basis for national development.”
She said Patriotic songs like The Ghana National Anthem, ‘Arise Ghana youth for your Country…’ and ‘Yen Ara Asaase Ni’ were songs that carry inspirational words and promote unity and nationalism, hence the need to encourage the institutions to uphold it by ensuring that these songs are taught and sung in the schools.
She charged the children to be law-abiding, respectful and tolerant of the views of their friends, while protecting their school properties by not destroying them, and also eschew exam malpractices, and stealing.
The Ashaiman NCCE Director also urged the children to respect authority and the elderly including their teachers and parents, participate in school activities and desist from engaging in immoral and criminal activities but should rather concentrate on their studies.
She gave a brief talk on the processes that led to the promulgation of the 1992 Constitution, saying a referendum was held on April 28, 1992, during which citizens voted to affirm the Constitution as the supreme law of the country.