Civic education in a democracy is education to self-governance

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A graduate assistant at The University of The Gambia Ensa Kujabi has told the third batch graduating students of Saamasang Technical Senior Secondary School that civic education in a democracy is education to self-governance.

According to him, self-governance means that citizens are actively involved in their own governance and they do not passively accept the dictums of others or acquiesce to the demands of others. The graduation was conducted under the theme: Civic Education and National Development.”

Mr. Kujabi said civic education in a democratic society has to be concerned with promoting and understanding of the ideals of democracy and a reasonable commitment to the values and principles of national development. He added that citizens need to understand that they must not become cynical, apathetic, or simply withdraw from political life when their unrealistic expectations are not met.

He stressed that to be effective, civic education must be realistic and it must address the central truths about political life. He noted that it is peoples’ civic responsibilities to obey the law, attentive to public issues, assuming leadership when appropriate paying taxes, voting, monitoring the adherence of political leaders and government agencies to constitutional principles and taking appropriate actions.

Delivering his annual report, the school principal Musa Baldeh said the school consists of three main streams; Arts, commerce and technical. He explained that the school enrolment had steadily increased at the beginning of 2017-2018 academic years due to many transfers from other schools and high admission rate of 50 percent from 187 to 281.

According to him, the enrolment of boys has increased by 35 percent and girls by 63 percent, adding that the school has registered some successes in the external examination.

He also told the gathering that the school has well trained young and energetic staff, stressing that almost all teaching staff are either graduates from the University of the Gambia or currently pursuing their degrees at the University.

He commended Saama Kairo Federation for their continued support to the development of the school.

Saama Kairo Federation manager Edrisa Cham expressed urged the graduates to be role models and to serve as ambassadors of the school. He commended the management of the school for coming up with such theme, saying civic education starts at home. He also challenged graduates to contribute to the welfare of their families, communities and the country.

Author: Njie Baldeh