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CJ Salutes Ghanaian Teachers

The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Sophia A. B Akuffo, has commended teachers across the country for their hard work in nurturing the nation’s students.

“I salute all teachers. They are doing a divine duty nurturing other people’s children. It is not everyone who has the heart to do that. May God bless every teacher in this country”.

Justice Sophia Akuffo was speaking at the 12th edition of the Annual Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme held in Accra on the theme “The Duties and Responsibilities of a Good Citizen”.
Addressing students and some 30 young female head porters, popularly referred to as ‘kayayei’ who participated in the Mentoring Programme, the Chief Justice entreated the students to make their studies their utmost priority. “You can’t neglect your education at this time thinking that when you grow up, you will take it very seriously. If you shirk your education now, you will not be able to straighten it properly when you grow up…. and you will miss a lot of opportunities”.
In all 112 students and their teachers drawn from the Akropong School for the Blind and the Mampong Demonstration School for the Deaf in the Eastern Region and nine (9) Basic Schools in Accra participated in the Mentoring Programme. The nine Basic Schools were the Independence Avenue “2” Basic School, Bishop Girls’ Junior High School, Osu Presbyterian Girls’ School, Sempe 1 & 2 Basic School, Kaneshie Awudome “3” Junior High School, Dr. F.V. Nanka Bruce Junior High School, St. Kizito Junior High School and Bishop’s Mixed Junior High School and Teshie LEKMA “12” Junior High School.
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, in her remarks reminded the students that citizens, irrespective of their ages, have a role to play in the development of the nation.
“What you do today has a bearing on the character of the whole nation because it is the character of the citizens that reflects the character of the nation, so your habits today are important in shaping the kind of Ghana we want” she said.
Ms. Josephine Nkrumah also advised the students to discharge their civic responsibilities as good citizens of Ghana. “As young citizens, you must exhibit habits on a daily basis, respect state symbols, respect the rights of everyone and also exhibit practices that preserve the environment,” she said.
For his part, the Country Director of UNFPA Ghana, Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, using himself as an example growing up as a son of a Judge, advised the students to take the opportunity of the Mentoring Programme seriously as it would help in the development of their lives to be responsible individuals.
Supt. Adolphine Dzansi of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service reminded the participants that in as much as the country’s citizens enjoy privileges, rights and benefits, they come with responsibilities and duties which must not be overlooked. “The individual would be entitled to some rights and benefits as well as some responsibilities by virtue of citizenship. However, these responsibilities and duties are often overlooked for their rights, privileges and benefits” she said. She added that if citizens discharge their duties and responsibilities well, it would ensure that the Police function effectively.
A key component of the Mentoring Programme was the observation of court proceedings where participants had the opportunity to ask questions of the presiding Judge of the courts they visited. There was also a panel discussion where the students had an interactive and educative session with resource persons made of up a panel consisting of His Lordship Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, Her Worship Dora Eshun, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the NCCE and Mrs. Sheila Minkah-Premoh, a private legal practitioner. The students posed questions and the panel provided the appropriate responses.
Background to the CJ’s Mentoring Programme
The Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme as an initiative of the Judicial Service is a structured programme of mentorship to coach and encourage especially young women in second cycle educational institutions to take up the study and profession of law.
Since its inception in 2007, the programme has provided a platform for young students to interact with members of the legal profession and the Judiciary. Students are encouraged to take their studies seriously to enable them enter the profession. The added benefit is that these students from second cycle institutions get first-hand experience and insight into the administration of justice, thereby demystifying the justice system to them and others they may also in turn, impact with their new found knowledge.

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