By Eric Appah Marfo, GNA
Accra, Feb. 14, GNA – Mr Pius Enam Hadzidi, Deputy Minister of Information, has commended the University Civic Challenge, an initiative of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) saying it is boost to Ghana’s democracy.
Mr Hadzidi who was the Special Guest at the Official Launch of the 2nd Edition of the University Civic Challenge, praised the NCCE for being deeply rooted and unshaken in spite of the several challenges they faced in formulating, implementing and overseeing programmes that sought to educate and awaken Ghanaians to their civic rights and responsibilities.
“The University Civic Challenge as an initiative of the NCCE is without argument one of the good steps in the right direction. It is a critical step to ourselves as Ghanaians not to be spectators but be citizens as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished.
“One sure way to achieve this goal is to know and understand ourselves as a people, to know our rights, to discharge our responsibilities to our motherland and to realize that our collective power comes from standing together to make this country the Ghana we all want it to be.”
It is on theme: “Ghana: One People, Our Values, and Our Sovereignty in Participatory Democracy”.
The Deputy Information Minister described the theme for the 2019 University Civic Challenge as ripped for Ghana’s democracy and would serve as a clarion call to all and sundry, especially the youth to be participants of the nation’s growth.
Mr Hadzidi said “contrary to the cliché that the youth are the future leaders, I believe that the youth are leaders of today because the future is today; this is why the youth need to be actively involved in the practice of democracy to enhance more citizen participation.
“I believe I speak for majority of Ghanaians when I say that youth at the tertiary level are the good target to instil into the consciousness of the essential principles and objectives of Ghana’s Constitution and to stimulate them enough to learn and live the contents of our Constitution.
“By so doing, our young graduates and undergraduates become ambassadors of the rule of law which is the seal of our sovereignty.”
Mrs. Josephine Nkrumah, NCCE Chairperson emphasized the significance of the University Civic Challenge and the reason why this initiative had come up at such a time like this.
“On August 30th 2017, the President Akufo-Addo launched our University Civic Challenge to strengthen the knowledge of students in as much as affecting our Constitution. Importantly, understanding or knowing the Constitution is to ensure that our students understand our national values so that we can foster national unity especially in these times when we have a downward spiral of polarization in our society.
“The Commission believes that the youth are the trustees of posterity as such, understanding our constitution ensures that the youth share and understand the common purpose for us as a people to build our nation.”
The competition began on February 13, with the inter-school’s selection process, followed by the zonal competitions on March 5th the competition was going to be done in such a way so that there would be a geographical balance.
The schools involved would be from the Northern zones, Upper East and West, Brong ahafo, Eastern Zone 1 (Eastern Region and Volta Region) and Eastern Zone 2 (Greater Accra).