Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Navrongo (UE), Dec. 3, GNA - The Sandema Senior High Technical School emerged victorious in this year’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Project Citizen Showcase competition held for selected senior schools in the Upper East Region.
It beat four other schools after amassing 58 points to take over the crown from the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS) that won the competition last year.
The Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School in Navrongo, which hosted the competition, came second after securing 55.5 points while the third position went to Paga Senior High School with 41.7 points.
Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIG BOSS) and Kanjaga Senior High School were placed fourth and fifth respectively with 39.7 points 38.7 points respectively.
Each of the schools that placed first to third positions were awarded with a plaque, 10 copies of the 1992 constitution and 24 pens each whereas the fourth and fifth positioned schools had 10 copies of 1992 constitution and 24 pens each.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability.”
The Citizen Project Showcase competition organized nationwide each year by the Commission with funding support from the European Union (EU) forms part of the mandate of the NCCE to offer civic education such as rights, principles and obligations especially those enshrined in the 1992 Constitution to every Ghanaian.
The project, which has trained about 960 Civic Education Clubs members in 60 Senior High Schools across all the 10 regions this year, aimed to inculcate good citizenship, Ghanaian culture and good values among Ghanaians particularly the youth to ensure societal discipline and socioeconomic progression.
Ms Gladys Mariam Osman, the Deputy Director of Programmes at the NCCE, speaking at Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal, explained that the move was to imbibe in the youth values and attitudes such as patriotism, honesty and integrity, to empower them to fight injustices in society, critically analyze development issues and suggest effective and efficient solutions to problems that confronted their various communities.
“Empowering the youth in civic education is crucial to a country’s democratic governance,” Ms Osman said, adding “tackling and stemming corruption is everyone’s responsibility and the youth are an important and influential group in our society that can make great strides when engaged in the anti-corruption drive”.
The Deputy Director of Programmes said, “the nation belongs to its youth, they are the makers of tomorrow, what they do today will reflect positively in the society tomorrow. Once the youth are trained to build a strong nation, our dream of a disciplined society is never far away”.
Mr Augustine Ayirezang, the Upper East Regional Director of Education, commended the NCCE and its development partners for their efforts over the years in moulding the youth to govern the country.
The Regional Director admonished the students and youth in general to always aspire to participate, learn and take advantage of every opportunity that came their way in order to improve their knowledge and skills, “we are now in a knowledge economy and education must be holistic.”
Reverend Father Francis Kodelogo, the Headmaster of the host school, Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School, urged the youth to eschew greed and selfishness as they were the cause of the high level of corruption in the country.