On the 12th of February, 2019, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), launched the second edition of the inter-tertiary civic challenge in Accra.
Some prominent dignitaries were at the gathering, notable amongst them were, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah (chairman, NCCE) and the deputy minister of information, Mr. Pius Enam Hadzide.
Brief History of the inter-tertiary civic challenge
The very first edition of the inter- tertiary civic challenge was held last year, that is, 2018. It had sixteen(16) participating schools, through a fierce battle of brains over a period of time, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA) came out tops.
The root of this challenge is based on the mandate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), that is, “to create awareness on the 1992 constitution of Ghana” and the commission is executing this mandate through various means such as quizzes, debates and challenges among various institutions across the country.
2019 NCCE inter-tertiary civic challenge
This year’s inter-tertiary civic challenge is on the theme, “Ghana, one people: our values, our sovereignty in participatory democracy”. This also happens to be the commission’s theme for the year 2019. There will be intra-schools competitions to select participants on the 13th of February, 2019. The zonal competitions are expected to commence between March 5, 2019, and March 13, 2019. The chairman of the commission, Ms Josephine Nkrumah chaired the launch and in her speech, she said “the youth are the prestige of posterity… and I am confident that the participants of the university civic challenge, will be properly equipped to bring about changes in their communities…”
Participating Schools in the 2019 NCCE inter-tertiary civic challenge
Schools participating in this year’s inter-university civic challenge are selected from public universities, private universities, faith-based universities and technical universities. Schools from the above-stated categories come together to make the twenty participating schools. They are; Wa Technical university, Bolgatanga Technical University, Tamale Technical University, University of Development Studies (UDS), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Garden City University, Sunyani Technical University, Catholic University, Takoradi Technical University, University of Mines and Technology, Ashesi University, University of Professional Studies, Accra Technical University, University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Ho Technical University, Islamic University, All Nations University College and the reigning champions Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
The rationale behind the NCCE inter-tertiary civic challenge
To engage the tertiary student on matters of national development, I think every student must be abreast with national issues of his or her country and the way to go about those issues are enshrined in the constitution, so if one is abreast with it he or she may know how to address those issues
To encourage students to study the 1992 constitution of Ghana to be law abiding and ambassadors of the rule of law.
You can follow the proceedings of events during the cause of the challenge, at www.newsghana24.com and www.ghanaeducationnews.com.