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Culture a Tool For Peaceful Co-Existence

2007-07-28 13:31:27
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Janet Alhassan
The 10th Basic Schools Inter-District Festival of Arts and Culture had been held at Damongo in the Northern Region. The program was organized by Center for National Culture in collaboration with Ghana Education Service from 22nd to 26th of July, 2007. The event was celebrated under the theme “CULTURE, A TOOL FOR PEACEFUL CO-EXISTANCE”.

Hon. Janet Jambia Alhassan, DCE for West Gonja emphasized that the vigorous search to attain middle income status by 2015 may elude the country unless, Ghanaians tailored developmental objectives to synchronies with our culture.

The DCE noted that we have crushed our rich culture in the name of modernity. She also challenged the youth to avoid self-inflicted cultural discoloration for us to maintain our identity, whiles urging the public to appreciate the diverse cultures in the Region, she also called for a concerted and sustained effort to eradicate all cultural practices that dehumanize mankind.

The DCE further advised parents to inculcate in their children good cultural practices and values to supplement the efforts of teachers.

On his part, Mr. J.K Hobenu, the Northern Regional Director of Education explained that culture kindles a lot of interest for children from different religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to meet and make friends as well as share ideas which are necessary ingredients for peaceful co-existence in the region.

He therefore saw it a duty for every body to nurture, promote and manifest the northern culture which he said is the most diverse in the country.

Mr. Hobenu further explained that education can not be complete if the culture of the people which portrays the uniqueness of people in the society is ignored. He then called on Teachers to maintain and enrich the region’s outstanding culture.

The program brought together 1,000 Basic School Pupils from 18 districts in the region. The participating districts competed in Poetry Recital, Cultural Dance, Drum Language, Choral Music, Sight Reading and Art Exhibition.

Savelugu /Nanton district emerged the overall winner of the competition. West Gonja District also placed first in Drum Language and Exhibition of traditional art and culture categories.


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