Democracy think-tank launched in Ho
Ho, Oct. 03, GNA – A democracy think tank, Institute of Democracy Education (IDE)-Ghana, was on Thursday launched in Ho to help enhance the country’s ‘electoral peace.’
It is mainly dedicated to the promotion of democracy education and good governance in Ghana and beyond.
At a media launch, Mr Harrison Kofi Belley, Executive Director of IDE-Ghana, described the Institute as non-partisan and public policy oriented.
He said IDE-Ghana’s activities would include the organization of democracy summer schools, workshops and seminars, lectures, radio education programmes, research and advocacy.
Mr Belley said IDE-Ghana’s vision was to become a leading think-tank in the world in the promotion of democracy and good governance with its ideals developed into an academic faculty in tertiary institutions.
He said it was not enough for the country to content itself with the adoption of a liberal constitution and conduct of elections and conclude that it was a democratic state and underscored the need for the active participation of the citizenry and tolerance.
Mr Belley said IDE-Ghana was therefore concerned with producing ‘a civic-minded democratic citizenry’ who would be effective participants in their governance.
‘Democracy is not only a form but also a way of life that must be deliberately cultivated in the present and succeeding generations and this is what we are for,’ he said.
Mr Yao Semordey, Acting Volta Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, lauded the initiative and said it would help the country’s youth to learn more about democracy and behave responsibly before, during and after elections.
Some senior high school students welcomed the democracy summer school initiative and said it would be beneficial to them.
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