On Friday, May 27, 2022, the Ho Municipal Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) collaborated with the Department of Community Development under the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council to host a School Engagement Programme with pupils of Bankoe R.C. Girls Junior High School as part of the 2022 Citizenship Week Celebration. The Ag. Regional Director of the Department of Community Development, Ms. Keren Quaye, served as a volunteer role model; imparting valuable Ghanaian values to the young pupils and empowering them as responsible citizens. The engagement aimed to educate young pupils on the importance of Ghanaian values and how they can contribute to the sustenance of our democracy.

The theme for the Week Celebrations was “Sustaining Our Democracy, Ghanaian Values in Practice: The Role of the Child.”

During the engagement, Ms. Quaye, in her capacity engaged the pupils on various Ghanaian values such as patriotism, nationhood, unity, national cohesion, loyalty to the state and hard work. She emphasized the importance of sincerity, justice and fairness, pride in good traditional values such as respect for the elderly, the communal spirit which provides social support network, discipline in private and public life, decency and decorum in language, honesty and integrity, and respect for national symbols and institutions.

The engagement session ended with the pupils exhibiting deeper understanding and appreciation of Ghanaian values and their roles in sustaining the democracy of the country.

The engagement is a crucial step towards developing responsible citizens who will contribute to the growth and development of the country.

The Department of Community Development, under the leadership of Ms. Quaye, worked closely with the Regional Office of NCCE towards the success of the engagement. The Department provided valuable resources and support to assist in educating the young people on the importance of civic responsibility and national cohesion.

It is important to note that the engagement of pupils in civic education is an essential step in building a strong democracy. By educating them on Ghanaian values and the importance of civic responsibility, the foundation is being laid for a brighter future for the country.