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Regional News of Monday, 29 February 2016

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Nungua SHS wins E-Constitution competition

The Nungua Senior High School scored 177 points to win the maiden edition of the Electronic Constitution (E-Constitution) game competition organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for the Greater Accra Region.

St John’s Grammar SHS had 140 points to take the second position, while Santa Maria SHS had 136 points to place third.

In all, 10 schools from the region participated in the competition and the winner will represent the Greater Accra Region in the national competition.
For its prize, the Nungua SHS received an HP Desktop computer, NCCE branded T-shirts and copies of the 1992 Constitution, while the rest of the schools were presented with NCCE-branded T-shirts and copies of the 1992 Constitution.

E-Constitution

The E-Constitution game is an electronic competition where the first contestant to buzz in will have the opportunity to answer a question on the constitution within 10 seconds.

The competition was introduced in 1992 as one of the several avenues the NCCE had devised to reach the citizenry, more especially empowering the in-school youth to be peaceful, productive and civic-minded.

With support from the European Union, the commission introduced the E-Constitution competition to add dynamism and encourage the Ghanaian youth to learn and appreciate the 1992 Constitution to enable them to contribute effectively to national development in an atmosphere of peace and unity.

Ambassadors for peace

The theme for the Greater Accra schools competition was, ‘’Ambassadors for peace in 2016 and beyond,’’ and was held at the Our Lady of Mercy Senior High School (OLAMS) in Tema, which also participated in the competition.

Other participating schools were the Prampram SHS, Presbyterian Boys SHS, Legon, Armed Forces Secondary Technical School, Ghanata SHS, Ada SHS, and Ghana Lebanon Islamic Senior High School.

The Greater Accra Regional Director of the NCCE, Mrs Lucille Hewlett Annan, said the game aimed at building knowledge and understanding of the Constitution.
She noted that good citizens were those who exhibited both intellectual and participatory skills and allowed peace, as well as rules and regulations, to govern their activities.

Touching on the theme which focused on peace, she said since Ghana was in an election year, it would be unpardonable and even suicidal if the commission did not seize the opportunity to advise the youth not to expend their energies on violence and any misbehaviour that could disrupt the peace and stability Ghana had enjoyed for the past 24 years.

Mrs Annan said it was important for the youth to be educated and sensitised to refrain from wrongdoing and not to yield to such pressures and enticement before, during and after the elections.

Knowledge of Constitution

The Deputy Director in charge of supervision at the Tema Metropolitan Education Directorate, Mrs Christiana Taylor, encouraged the students to increase their knowledge of the Constitution through their participation in the game.

She further reminded the students that the Constitution of the country was one important document that could not be glossed over. Therefore, they as future leaders, must understand the provisions spelt out in the document to enable them to support the democratic process through the understanding of the constitution.

The Secretary to the commission, Mr Kojo Tito Voegborlo, advised the students in the country to eschew violence and rather preach peace, unity and respect for divergent views. He also admonished them to uphold those tenets of the Constitution and not allow themselves to be used for any parochial interests or violent acts by politicians.