The 2015 Citizenship Week Celebration, which forms part of the annual constitution week activities and organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) across the country, ended on June 2nd.
The theme for this year’s celebration was; “My Ghana: The Power of One”. The theme emphases on the power of the individual to effect a change, besides helping to create a vibrant and stronger democratic Ghana.
Out of the theme, the NCCE selected a topic, “A Disciplined Ghana,” to create awareness among the youth about the increasing social indiscipline in the country, including disrespect for the elderly, littering, environmental degradation, corruption, moral decadence in our communities and schools.
The topic was deliberately selected to teach and instill in Ghanaian youth the true meaning of patriotism and the need to understand the cultural attachment to one’s homeland or devotion to one’s country.
Consequently, the citizenship week was observed in 6,000 schools across the country, besides being organized in all the 227 offices of the NCCE.
The citizenship week reminds young Ghanaians about their responsibilities as citizens and the role they ought to play to build a strong, vibrant and democratic Ghana.
Indeed, the NCCE has the mandate to promote and sustain Ghana’s democracy and inculcate in the Ghanaian citizenry, the awareness of their rights and obligations through civic education.
Really, citizenship week also creates a platform for people in leadership positions and accomplished citizens to interact and impart virtues of good citizenship to pupils in basic schools across the country.
As part of the year’s activities, Mrs Hajara Mohammed Rufai, a Commission Member of the NCCE joined pupils of the Alajo 1 Basic School on 2nd June, 2015 for the celebration. Mrs Rufai highlighted on the theme for the week and explained the role a disciplined individual plays in the development of Ghana.
She encouraged the pupils to apply discipline in all their dealings which will help them achieve great heights in life.
She admonished the pupils to take their academic work seriously and eschew social vices such as premarital sex, indiscipline, loitering, drinking of alcohol, smoking and abuse of drugs and other substances.
She urged the pupils to study, uphold and defend the constitution at all times and respect it as the supreme law of Ghana and reiterated the need for the pupils to respect the Ghana Flag and Coat of Arms, recite the national pledge and sing the anthem with understanding and pride.
The pupils were also advised to be tolerant, patriotic, punctual at all times, respect the rights of others, keep their environment clean, protect public property, avoid examination malpractices and be responsible citizens in helping build Ghana.
The pupils joined Mrs Rufai to plant a seedling in the school as part of the activity in promoting a green and clean Ghana. Two hundred and thirty (230) pupils and four (4) teachers participated in the programme.
The 2015 Citizenship Week was also supported by GCB Bank Limited, Ghana Reinsurance Company Limited and Multipro Private Limited (Indomie noodles)
Societies, institutions, families, schools, workplaces and the nation have rules and regulations that govern their behaviour, norms and practices which must be respected and obeyed by all.
For Ghana to develop, every citizen must strive to be self-disciplined, Self-discipline is the foundation for success. Our leaders, parents, teachers, students and pupils including you, must all be self-disciplined to help build a vibrant democratic Ghana. A good citizen loves his country and works toward making his country a better place to live in.
A self-disciplined person assumes responsibility for his/her actions and will always:
l Keep his/her part of Ghana clean
l Uphold the national pledge and national anthem
l Learn the history of his/her country
l Sing patriotic songs
l Pledge allegiance to his/her country
l Obey the laws of Ghana
l Dispose of garbage properly
l Respect the rights of other people
l Pour only waste water in gutters
l Be punctual at all times
l Be truthful and honest in all his/her activities
l Work hard in school and at home
l Stop cheating and stop examination malpractices
l Protect public property
l Respect the religion of other persons.