By Laudia Sawer
Mataheko (GAR), June 1, GNA – Children have been advised to eschew violence but rather resort to the use of dialogue to solve problems with their friends and mates.
Mr Ebenezer Cudjoe, Ningo-Prampram District Zonal Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), who gave the advice said doing so would make them good citizens in future.
Mr Cudjoe gave the advice on Wednesday as a resource person during a sensitization programme at Mataheko D.A Basic ‘A and B’ in the Ningo-Prampram District organized by the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) to observe the ‘Citizenship Week’.
The citizenship week celebration is on the theme, ‘My Ghana: The power of one’, and a sub-theme of ‘Restoring our Ghanaian values: The role of the Ghanaian Child’.
He said it was sad that Ghanaians were gradually losing their values and resorting to violence to address issues, noting that there was therefore the need for children to cultivate the habit of dialogue from a younger age to enable them appreciate its importance when they grew up.
He urged them not to retaliate when offended by their mates but should rather report to their teachers, parents or any adult for redress as that was the best way of tackling issues.
Mr Cudjoe also asked them to be respectful, responsible, disciplined, sincere, hardworking, fair and patriotic.
Other values he spoked about were humility, tolerance, decency, honest, integrity, language decorum, among others.
He urged them to stay away from substance and drug abuse as well as engaging in sexual acts and other immoral activities but rather concentrate on their studies and their future dreams.
Miss Gifty Agyeiwaa Badu, Ningo-Prampram NCCE Director, noted that the celebration was a flagship programme of her outfit which was aimed at reminding Ghanaians of the existence of the 1992 Constitution and their rights and responsibilities enshrined in it.
Miss Badu added that the programme which started in 2001 was repackaged in 2012 to target pupils of basic schools as way of imbibing the values and virtues of the country in them at a younger age.
She said as Ghana was celebrating her 60th independence anniversary, it was evident that most citizens have lost their traditional values and virtues leading to increase in disrespect, indiscipline, social vices, among other unacceptable things.
That, she noted, informed the 2017 theme for the citizenship week celebration to draw attention to such values.
The NCCE Ningo-Prampram Director stated that civic educators and resource persons visited 50 public and private basic schools in the District during the celebration to educate and inspire children to aim high.