The Western Region of the National Commission for Democracy NCD has held a Civic Education stakeholders’ meeting at the Commission’s Headquarters on Thursday 12 June, 2014 where they exhaustively deliberated on the strategies to be adopted for a successful implementation of the project of reintroducing civic education in the school curriculum in a bid to inculcate the values of civics into the heart and minds of pupils.
In his welcome address the Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy Dr. Abubakar H Kargbo noted that his Commission is putting emphasis on the need to bring back civics to the school system because it will help nurture good citizens who will always be determined to stand for the progress of the country.
He said that a country that does not have a good citizen will not be viable, positing that the psyche of the people needs to be refined through Civic Education to ensure socio-political and economic development.
He said as the Commission works to get key stakeholders onboard to form a formidable alliance, they have carefully selected primary and secondary schools that they have invited for the pilot phase to help the commission in the venture of making the project fruitful.
He said civic education has been subsumed into other subjects arguing that it should be a subject that should stand on its own since the pupil needs to be well educated about the essence of being a good citizen in order to contribute positively to the development of the country.
Whilst addressing the meeting, the Commissioner of the Western Region, Mrs. Georgette de Marke told participants that the project of bringing back civics to the school system, a key component in the Performance Tracking Table (PTT) set for the Commission for this year, will begin with five pilot schools in the various regions of the country.
She noted that for the Western region that comprise both Rural and Urban Areas, the schools that are selected for the pilot phase are the United Mission Junior Secondary School, Kola Tree, Allentown; Huntingdon Secondary School, Kola Tree, Allentown; REC Primary School, Bassa Town, Waterloo; Peninsular Junior Secondary School and Ansarul Islamic Primary School.
She said the focus of the meeting is to discuss the strategies that should be used to make the project a success and that the selected schools for the pilot phase should ensure that they sing the National Anthem whilst they hoist the flag and begin to inculcate in them some of the elements of civics.
She observed that the youth of today behave quite differently from the older folks due to the fact that the later were privileged to have gone through Civic Education in schools whilst the former did not. She underscored the need for the reintroduction of the subject in the school curriculum.
Given an overview of the proposed strategies for the implementation of the project, the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Kallie Sillah, applauded the initiative of reintroducing Civics in the school curriculum. He said there is need for the subject to be made an examinable one and should also be made to be compulsory in order to lend it the kind of importance it deserves.
Responding to some of the contributions made by participants, especially in the area of sensitization, the Communications and PR Manager of the Commission Rev. Gibrilla Kargbo informed stakeholders about the various ways the Commission has been sensitizing the public. He said the Commission is doing a TV and radio programme once every week whilst the outside broadcast van of the Commission also goes around sensitizing the public on various good governance issues.
Participants from the various pilot schools contributed to the deliberations adequately whilst the meeting culminated in the appointment of a steering committee for the western region that should be charged with the responsibility of facilitating the process of making the project a success.
By: Ibrahim Siraju Bah
Directorate of Information
Ministry of Information and communications
Press Attache National Commission for Democracy