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NaCCED takes strategic document to the people

June 18, 2019

By Mohamed Massaquoi

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Kalilu Totangi addressing participants while NGC Denis Bright and others look on

Members of the National Council for Civil Education and Development (NaCCED) have started a week long public engagement to solicit community input into their national strategic document.

People from various institutions and communities in the East, South, North and the Western Areas of Sierra Leone have been involved in the process.

While addressing representatives from Kenema,  Kaliahun and Kono districts at the Peace Garden in Kenema, Chairman of NaCCED, Kalilu Totangi informed the gathering that when President Maada Bio  was campaigning in the 2018 presidential elections, he emphasized the need for members of the public to fully participate in development process.

 He said any development that is not peoples led will not succeed; hence NaCCED was established to serve as a go-between the government and the people.

 He said NaCCED is an inclusive process in which major political party representatives were included to serve as Steering Committee Members, citing the Chairman of the National Grand Coalition, (NGC) Dr. Denise Bright as the current chairperson for NaCCED Steering Committee.

“Despite Dr. Bright is from the opposition yet he has been very supportive to the activities of NaCCED. We also have civil society members, journalists and security forces in the steering committee. This committee has started to put the structures together and that was how we developed the strategic document that is now before you for your input,” he said.

He added that during his days in school, civic education was part of their foundation studies in all primary schools across the country.

“We want your input into this document so that we can collectively make it strong as s a national document,” he urged.

Charles Lahai from civil society group and also member of the Steering Committee, said as critical observers, they were partnering with government to achieve development programmes and improve on the living standard of the public.

He further noted that Sierra Leoneans must understand their roles and responsibilities.

“There are people who do not know the national pledge but NaCCED is determined to engage people across Sierra Leone.  I am sure NaCCED will lead a process that is inclusive in order to enhance peace and stability.  There is no way you can talk about civic education without preaching peace, therefore we want a participatory and democratic process with a renewed way of developing our country,” he said.

Chairman of  NaCCED’s  Steering Committee, Dr.  Denis   Bright, thanked participants for attending the meeting, stating that people from different backgrounds, including the youth, security, local councils, government representative, will greatly contribute to the process.

“We have to consider love for the country as the cornerstone to development process. It is important for us to show love to our country by positively contributing to the peace and stability of the country. You need to know more about the diversity of the country, it rich cultural values among other things. This is important moving forward,” he said.

Provincial Secretary East, Mohamed Sheick Kargbo, commended NaCCED for engaging the people in the eastern region on the activities of NaCCED.

“I believe that this particular institution is one of the most important institutions in Sierra Leone because it touches on the needs of the people. During the 80s, we were going through civics in schools but it phased out completely over the years. I am happy that a renewed commitment has been made by the government to engage Sierra Leoneans on this process,” he concluded.

 

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