The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has charged pupils to endeavour to desist from bad associations and friends to secure their future.
“As children, you are encouraged to shun bad companies that will endanger your future,” Mr. Solomon Dzidzor Mensah, the Ada East District Director of NCCE has cautioned.
Mr. Mensah was speaking during a school outreach to educate pupils of Kasseh
D/A No. One and Pentecost Preparatory Schools in Ada to mark the 2022 Citizenship Week Celebration.
He said the corporate world had bred certain uncouth attitudes in children due to digitization and modernization and children must not forget the Ghanaian cultural and home discipline – respect, obedience, and avoiding bad peers.
He urged the pupils to always associate with friends and mates with good and positive character as a guide.
He said there was the need for pupils to respect the elderly in society as well as national institutions and national symbols.
Speaking on the theme: “Sustaining our democracy, Ghanaian values in Practice: The Role of the Child,” he sensitised the pupils on the need to put their collective sense of nationalism and patriotism foremost in everything they say or do before their individual, social, cultural, ethnic or religious differences.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Ada, the NCCE District Director explained that the theme was selected to drive home the sense of unity and to sustain peaceful co-existence within the society which speeds up the developmental agenda for the citizenry.
He said the Citizenship Week Celebration was introduced in 2012 by the Commission as part of the Annual Constitution Week Celebration which focused normally on Basic Schools to instil in the pupils, the values of citizenship and remind them of their roles and responsibilities as a way of preparing them to be responsible citizens and leaders in their various communities.