NCCE Intensifies Public Education To Ensure Violent Free Elections

The Deputy National Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Madam Josephine Nkrumah, has called on political party leaders to ensure violent free campaigns

She said her outfit was intensifying education on the national Constitution, particularly among the youth, to enable them know their basic rights and responsibilities.

She, however, said her efforts, which are geared towards the promotion of peace, would become meaningless if the political parties failed to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner, particularly, during and after the 2016 general elections.

Madam Nkrumah noted that since this year is an election year, a lot of political activities would be going on, hence the lead role being played by the NCCE to educate the youth to understand the content of the Constitution and live by it, and educate others on the need to live in peace with one another at all times.

The NCCE Deputy Chairperson was addressing students from 10 second cycle institutions in the Volta Region participating in the Electronic Constitution Game competition in the regional capital, Ho, sponsored by the European Union to examine them on their level of understanding on the Constitution, after years of education by the NCCE in schools and the communities in the region.

Madam Nkrumah noted that much as it was the constitutional duty of the NCCE to educate people on the Constitution, it was equally important for all stakeholders to complement the efforts of the Commission, by actively playing their roles to help deepen the existing peace being enjoyed in the country, saying, her outfit would continue to deliver on its mandate, to ensure that people, with emphasis on the youth, appreciate the Constitution.

The Deputy Chairperson of the NCCE observed that since the youth were largely involved in political activities, it was important for them to know much about the Constitution, to enable them to live within the tenets of the law, thereby promoting peace in their various communities.

Madam Nkrumah pointed out that since the youth were the future leaders of the country, it was very important for them to understand the Constitution, which would enable them to also know their rights, as well as responsibilities, in the development efforts of the nation.

She stressed that the promotion of peace, through education on the Constitution, should be seen as a collective responsibility of all.

She urged the youth to act as ambassadors of peace in their respective communities by leading exemplary lives worthy of emulation, because high knowledge about the Constitution, and practical demonstration of the Constitution, would go a long way to ensure peace in the country at all times.

“You must respect all persons and avoid involving yourselves in gender-based violence, which is very important as you learn more about the Constitution that serves as the supreme document of our land. Be of good behaviour, so that your activities would not be in conflict with the law,” she advised.

The Volta Regional Director of the NCCE, Mr. Ken Kponor, on his part, explained that the electronic constitution game organised at the regional level forms part of the strategies adopted to educate the youth on the Constitution, and that in the past, the manual constitution game board was used, but with the advent of global technological advancement, the electronic game was introduced to keep the youth abreast with changing technological developments in the word.

Mr. Kponor continued that the theme: “Ambassadors for Peace in 2016 and Beyond,” targeted the youth to enable them to assimilate the Constitution, hence the regional office of the NCCE had established Civic Education Clubs in second cycle institutions to help create the opportunity and develop the interest of the youth in learning more about the Constitution.

The Regional Director said the school that would win in the competition would represent the Volta Region, and urged the participatory schools to take the competition more seriously, since it had the potential of ensuring a brighter future for them in knowing the Constitution, which would definitely make them become responsible adults.

From Samuel Agbewode, Ho

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