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Regional News of Monday, 27 May 2013

Source: GNA

Children asked to uphold country’s democratic values

Mrs Gifty Ofori-Ansah, Ningo/Prampram District Director of Health Services has reminded children that as future leaders, they were duty bound to uphold the country’s democratic values.

Mrs Ofori-Ansah said this at a lecture to commemorate this year’s Citizenship Day celebration, organised for selected basic schools in the Ningo/Prampram District by the district branch of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at Prampram on Thursday.

Two of the beneficiary schools were the Freeman Methodist Junior School at Prampram and the Kinder Paradise Basic School at Abia, a suburb of Prampram.

She said there was the need to inculcate in children, the value of good citizenship to enable them to grow into responsible adults, and urged parents to endeavour to provide their children with quality education,

Mrs Ofori-Ansah advised the pupils to take their studies seriously and also do their best to remain in school.

At the D/A Junior High and Gelead Preparatory Schools, both at Prampram, Mr John Yaw Tsikor, Ningo/Prampram District Engineer advised the school children to respect the elderly, comport themselves at school, and study hard.

Explaining the significance of the Citizenship Day, Mrs Gifty Agyeiwaa Badu, Ningo/Prampram District Director of the NCCE said it is a project introduced into the activities of the Commission, during which the Commission engage volunteers from academia, business groups, professionals, women groups and the clergy to visit basic schools and interact with the pupils on issues relating to good governance and civic responsibilities.

Mrs Agyeiwaa Badu said the Day normally creates a platform for interaction between the children and the resource persons who educate them on the virtues of good citizenship.

The NCCE District Director said broadly speaking, Citizenship Day aims at inculcating in the pupils, the spirit of quality citizenship, and also to remind them of the sweat and toil with which their forefathers struggled to achieve independent for their motherland.

Mr James Kojo Adamah, Headmaster of Freeman Basic School and Mr Bernard Acheampong, Teacher of Kinder Paradise Basic School, who chaired the functions at their respective schools, thanked the NCCE for the lecture and hoped the children, would put into practice what they have learnt.

As part of the celebration, officials of the NCCE and the school authorities planted trees to commemorate the Day, which had the theme; “Advancing Together”.