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Increasing Effective Citizenship among Ghana’s young generation

From April 15th to 18th 2013, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Ghana, a longtime partner of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation West Africa, held a “Training for Trainers” workshop in Kumasi to improve the so far very promising "Project Citizen".

The project aims at improving the effective citizenship of Ghana’s youth. By identifying problems in their communities and finding policy solutions for them, students not only learn about their local governance system and the process of policy making - what is more, they discover their own participatory potential, acquire valuable problem solving skills, develop the ability to think critically and acknowledge their responsibilities as citizens.

The participants of this well organized and interactive workshop were profoundly trained by two facilitators who proved to be well acquainted with the project. They are now ready to pass on their knowledge to teachers and students of participating schools in the whole country. The workshop functions as an important milestone for the project’s impact as it ensures effectiveness and sustainability by providing a decentralized infrastructure of well-qualified trainers.  An improved availability of skilled trainers will eventually result in a greater value for the participating teachers and students, and thus further promote the success of this so far very promising concept.