The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has donated 70 copies of the 1992 Constitution to the Ghana Senior High Schools Moot Court Competition. The copies would be distributed to schools participating in this year’s Moot Court Competition. The gesture from the NCCE forms part of the Commission’s effort to encourage youth in schools to read and acquire basic knowledge in the provisions of the 1992 Constitution. It is also to promote good citizenship and civic consciousness among young people especially students of Senior High Schools.
The donation was made at a Moot Court event organized by the University of Ghana School of Law, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa under the theme: “Human Rights Education in Secondary Schools”. The Moot Court event seeks to quiz the mooting skills of Senior High School students throughout the country over a topical Constitutional Law issue that affects the fundamental human rights of Senior High School students.
A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Julius Ansah, who represented the Chief Justice, congratulated the organizers of the programme on their initiative to examine students’ knowledge on the laws of Ghana. He said the programme which represents a learning curve for teachers and the Ghana Education Service would institute a culture of respect for human rights in secondary schools.
He added that, “It is enough for the State to promote and protect the rights of children, because children have the agency which can be expressed to determine the extent to which they should be treated, especially in the school environment.’’
The Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Richard Quayson, urged policy makers to give education in the country the right balance. He encouraged the organisers to sustain the programme which sought to promote integrity and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizenry especially the youth.