Thursday, August 2, 2007
Nana Nketsia Trust to teach country’s Culture
THE Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, has designed a programme under the Nana Nketsia Trust to teach the present generation the values and the beauty of the country’s culture.
He stressed the need for a cultural crusade to bring out the true African identity in Africans.
The Omanhene will go to the classrooms, and in collaboration with the officials of the National Commission on Culture to teach pupils in various primary schools in and Essikado.
Asked how he was going to deal with the schedules due to his busy programe as a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, and Omanhene as well as other national engagements, he said “Ghana has given some of us so much that what we even give back is nothing. We are educated for our country not for ourselves and that is what makes us Africans. It will be achieved through planning,” he said.
The educated ones, he said had benefited a lot from this country but “unfortunately, those of us who are educated are the same people who are ripping this country off and slowing its growth as our education has led us to selfishness instead of leading us to selflessness and it is about time we went back to give something back to society,” he said.
He said it would be disastrous if the present generation sacrificed their values as Africans for various foreign cultures that were making it impossible for the present generation to be identified as Africans in their own country.
Nana Kobina said this after he had taught pupils of various primary schools within Essikado at the start of the programme.
The programme, he assured, would be sustained to ensure that children were made to understand and appreciate the values of African culture.
Nana Nketsia said he would take one day of every fortnight to teach culture in schools and if things worked out well it would be once a week.
“We all have certain believes and talk about our culture in one way or the other, but sadly enough we only pay lip service to it. If we believe in our culture we must do everything possible to protect and package it well for the generations yet to come,” he said.
He said the Nana Nketsia Trust was also about our culture and even though people were not being taught in school, it was very important to put in more effort to make it richer to achieve the real impact.
“Therefore, together with the Commission on Culture, we have decided to start the programme on a pilot basis with the Essikado Community School.
The Omanhene said the real purpose of the programme was to let the children have the feel of the values and the beauty of African culture and to identify themselves as such, he added saying “it is sad and heartbreaking that in Ghana it is very difficult to be an African”.
He said it was about time people realised that education was not the only means of making money but it was about self knowledge, and the trust would look for funding to help people who were interested in promoting the teaching and learning of African culture in schools.
“What really motivated us is that any society that rises and brings out the best of itself is as a result its way of life. The way of life is culture and nations have even moved into battles in order to defend their way of life,” he said.
He reminded the youth that if they left their culture for foreign ones they would be supporting them at the expense of their own culture and urged them to build on their heritage.
He expressed the hope that the programme would generate a sense of belonging among the children to make them proud of the values of Africans and to protect their heritage.
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