The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has launched the second edition of the University Civic Challenge, aimed at helping students better understand national discourses on constitutional matters to become participants and responsible citizens.
Madam Josephine Nkrumah, the chairperson of the NCCE, who performed the launch explained: “One important reason for the challenge is to enable the students go about their daily lives and be active in their various workplaces to be the leaders they want in order to bring national transformation”.
The Constitution, Madam Nkrumah said, was a living document, which guided the society, including in knowing the rights and responsibilities of each citizen.
The challenge would, therefore, enable tertiary students to appropriate the provisions of the Constitution as it applied to them and to also enable them to become active citizens, she said.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) are sponsoring the programme, with 20 participating institutions.
Mr Pius Enam Hadzidi, a Deputy Minister for Information, said the challenge was a good and critical step towards actualising the President’s call on Ghanaians to be citizens and not mere spectators.
“One sure way of obtaining this goal is to know our rights and responsibilities in our motherland and with our collective power stand together to make this country, the Ghana we all want it to be,” he stated.
“The youths are the leaders of today and learning the constitution can help them become the ambassadors of the rule of law”.
The challenge would be climaxed with a debate at the finals. This allows each student to voice out their opinions, while listening to others when they take their turns to gain more confidence in the art of public speaking.
Nineteen institutions participated last year.