The maiden edition of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development’s (CDD-Ghana) Democracy & Governance Boot Camp has come to a close, with a call on participants to be positive change agents in their respective communities.
The camp, which is one of the flagship activities of the CDD@20 celebrations, was aimed at raising a critical mass of future influencers to impact and change the fortunes of the Ghanaian and African society.
The camp aimed at equipping the teenage participants with democratic principles, ethical and leadership skills.
The week-long camp saw 33 student leaders, from randomly selected senior high schools in eight regions of Ghana, participating in various activities including, community outreach projects to Tema Fishing Harbor, Sisters of Charity Orphanage and Tema Community 1 Market.
The participants made to observe the peculiar challenges facing these communities and interact with residents to help develop innovative solutions.
The students also visited the Judiciary, Parliament House and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they interacted with the leaders of the House and some Members of Parliament including the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the students toured the Administrative, Protocol and Europe Bureaus, before interacting with Deputy Ministers and some senior members of the Ministry.
They also received from mentorship sessions with Shamima Muslim, Convener of Alliance for Women in Media, Africa (AWMA); Nana Awere Damoah, writer and publisher; Maximus Ametorgoh, a digital marketing strategist and social media coach; Manasseh Azure, Investigative Journalist; Adjetey Anang, Ghanaian Actor; Solomon Owusu-Amankwah, Development Manager at Bamboo Bikes Initiative and Teni Agana, recipient of the presidential award from Ashesi University
Addressing the students at the closing ceremony, CDD-Ghana’s Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs, Dr. Franklin Oduro expressed the hope that participants would be guided by the principles and values shared at the camp.
“From my observations and the reports I have received, I can confidently say this camp has been nothing short of outstanding and impactful on all you, our boot campers, even our chaperones, guests, and staff.
“I believe it has been memorable; campers have engaged with social influencers, exhibited leadership skills, practiced effective communication and pushed themselves more and more out of their comfort zones each day. I hope the experience over the period has shifted your perspectives and provided a better appreciation for effective leadership, democracy, and governance in Ghana” he said.
The Democracy & Governance Boot Camp was organized in association with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, Lead Afrique and Lema Concepts.
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