Use curriculum to inculcate volunteerism in youth

Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Nov 08, GNA
– Participants at a just-ended 26th Denmark Seminar, have recommended
the use of school curriculum to inculcate communal spirit and volunteerism in
the young generation to propel development of the country.

They emphasised the
need for steps to be taken by the relevant bodies in developing and
incorporating into school curricular issues of communal spirit and volunteerism
to rekindle such values in the youth.

This formed part of
recommendations made by the participants and contained in a resolution issued
after the seminar, and signed by Chief Abdulai Mohammed, Tolon Gburimani
Gbanglana, who chaired the seminar, and Dr Osman Al-Hassan, Chairman of the
Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA), and copied to the Ghana News
Agency in Tamale.

The seminar, held at
Dalun in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region, was organised by the
GDCA, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

It was on the theme:
“Growing Up in Northern Ghana: The Role of Communal Spirit in Development”.

The statement
indicated that the participants included; traditional authorities, NGOs,
representatives from public institutions, youth groups, community and opinion
leaders amongst others.

It stated that
issues discussed included “Volunteerism in the Context of the European Union
Volunteer Aid (EVA) initiative”, “Volunteerism and Communal Spirit: the Danish
Perspective”, and “The Role of Traditional Leaders in Development Education”.

Participants at the
seminar observed amongst other things that, while volunteerism was beneficial
to society, “Our political dispensation, which is deeply characterised by
extreme partisanship, dampens the communal spirit as the credit for communal
achievements are usually seized by a few political elites”.

The statement,
therefore, recommended that “Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Research
Institutions should research, document and share forms of traditional and
cultural communal spirit of volunteerism to rekindle in Ghanaians the communal
spirit of volunteerism”.

The statement
indicated “The social structure of Northern Ghana has chiefs and Tendamba as
traditional rulers or leaders, who are revered as social heroes, placed in
higher positions as the bastions of customs, power and symbols of authority”
and added “They must revive the eroding communal spirit and improve on the
Knowledge deficits”.

The participants
emphasized that “Regressive political colourations of the traditional
leadership must give way to sustainable community development” adding,
“Traditional Leaders need to eschew cultural ethnocentrism and cultivate worthy
virtues of cultural diversity where development means developing the people”.