Accra Girls Tops Project Citizen Competition

benedicta_Naana_BineyAccra Girls Senior High School has won this year’s Project Citizen Showcase competition organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for senior high schools in the Greater Accra Region.

Six schools participated in this year’s competition, which are Christian Methodist SHS, Tema SHS, Presbyterian Boys SHS, Accra Academy SHS, Chemu SHS and Accra Girls SHS.

Accra Academy SHS placed second in the competition with Chemu SHS placing third and Tema SHS, fourth.
Presbyterian Boys SHS took the fifth position with Christian Methodist SHS taking the sixth position.

The competition, sponsored by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the European Union (EU), tasked the students to identify critical problems in the society, review existing policies and proffer practical solutions to resolving them for the development of the country.

The students treated topics such as child labour, electoral violence, the phenomenon of “kayayei” (head porters) in Accra, the “okada” business and the dangers of power outages in the country.

According to the chairman of the NCCE, Mrs Charlotte Osei, the Project Citizen Showcase concept was to inculcate civic education in students and develop their intellectual capabilities in finding solutions to societal challenges.

She said the project was started in 2006 and had been successful in building students’ confidence and equipping them with useful ideas to solve challenges confronting the country.

Mrs Osei said the project was a flagship programme of the NCCE and was open to all students in the senior high schools in the country.
She thanked sponsors of the project for their support and effort in sustaining the programme and called for more financial support towards the programme.

The acting Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Thomas Wimmer, stressed the importance of the Project Citizen Concept and called on neighbouring countries in Africa to emulate the concept as a tool in building and training their future leaders.

Madam Anate Koumealo, Togo Minister of Communication, Culture and Civic Education, commended the participating schools for their effort in the competition.

According to her, she led a high powered delegation from Togo to learn a lot from the NCCE and their Project Citizen Showcase Concept, stressing that, Togo would also integrate civic education in their school curriculum to help their students become problem solvers in society.

The Country Director of Hanns Seidel Foundation, Demian D. Regehr, reiterated their commitment to continue to invest in a good programme like the project citizen for the development of the country. The students were presented with certificates and plagues from the NCCE. By Joseph Edu Archison    

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