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REVISITING GHANA’S PATRIOTIC VALUES AFTER 30 YEARS OF DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE – NCCE

REVISITING GHANA’S PATRIOTIC VALUES AFTER 30 YEARS OF DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), is concerned about the increasing
disregard for patriotic values among citizens of Ghana.

This trend is gradually negatively redefining our identity as Ghanaians. The Commission calls on all Ghanaians to support moves to re-affirm Ghanaian values and identity.

Among the concerns of the NCCE is the lack of respect for national symbols. Every citizen must respect our national symbols and promote the good name of Ghana wherever they find themselves. Indeed, Article 41 (a) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana makes this a constitutional obligation.

The NCCE reminds citizens that national symbols such as the National Pledge, the National
Anthem, the National Flag, the Coat of Arms, the Ghana Currency and the Mace of Parliament
among other symbols and State identities must be respected.

These symbols identify us, as citizens of Ghana and they must be accorded the requisite levels of recognition and decorum.

The words in our National Anthem and the National Pledge are sacred.

As citizens with deeply held religious values, we must not just say the words but sing and recite them with great commitment.

This commitment is important because the words embody our values as people
with one destiny.

The Commission reminds citizens that at the sound of the National Anthem
and the National Pledge, it is the civic duty of every citizen of Ghana to stand as a sign of
respect to the State and these national symbols.

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No one is born a good citizen and that is why the NCCE believes that we must be deliberate
about nurturing good citizens with patriotic values.

Let us, as citizens, appreciate our civic duty, and collectively uphold and safeguard our patriotic values and national symbols for today’s generation and posterity.

God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong!
Joyce Afutu (Mrs.)
Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs

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