The heinous murder of an army captain through mob injustice in a remote community in the Denkyira Diaso district has brought into national attention, a dangerous issue that has been reigning its ugly heads into many Ghanaian communities: Thus the act of lynching suspected thieves, wrongly labelled MOB JUSTICE. Is it Mob Justice of Mob Injustice? Just think about it. Should this canker continue or has to stop? How do we stop such an abnormal behavior when there is lack of trust for security officers, no confidence in the legal system, lack of knowledge of the law, too many bottlenecks in the process of arresting, detaining, prosecuting and jailing offenders?
One of the of this tragedy is the rate at which everybody if talking: Highlights of them are the prevalence of many so called voices of community importance who are expressing their disgust at the perpetrators and are calling for many forms of punishments for them as one of the ways to help address the mob injustice issue. Many of the “voicers” ( some of them one man church businessmen), some of them simply seeking national attention paid their ways into being featured on this TV or that TV to speak ( by heart)- carelessly. What most of them said are anything but intelligent statements. One of them is even reported to be blaming the victim’s family who are linked to the former President John Mahama that his spiritual machinations during the elections has brought about this unfortunate incident. A family member,also in the army is reported to have a quick issued a rejoinder calling the pastor a liar, and condemning an insensitive statement. In another development, another “prophet” who has a record of being a rapist ( Kumasi hotel case) in his arrogance and ignorant self even pronounced death wish on a national mandated legal team to represent the defenders : OMG! Education is a gift. Is Ghana media fraternity ( some selfish individuals and stomach media house) serious? Why should such people be giving a platform to show their ignorance and make fun of a whole nation as if Ghana belongs to the one man church businessmen? Is about credible reporting or comedy? We believe that there are genuine media houses that live to its mission without being bias. They are committed to objective reporting and international media ethics. These houses deserve commendations and must be supported financially to do their work.
As we try to look around for intervention programs to address this mob Injustice issue all over Ghana, we believe that one of the key element is a generation that is prepared with 21st Century skills. Some of these skills have been put into a book where we will like to share with you below: The skills are not only to prevent mob injustice but a general one that will benefit everybody; Have a good read.
The 4 Cs
This includes the abilities to:
articulate your ideas effectively in spoken, written and nonverbal forms in a variety of contexts.
listen effectively, to understand meaning, attitudes and intentions.
communicate effectively in multilingual and multicultural environments.
Being creative includes sub skills such as being able to:
create valuable, innovative ideas.
demonstrate originality in work while being realistic about the limits of new ideas.
act on creative ideas to make tangible and useful contributions.
adapt and re-share materials with your networks.
Thinking critically involves, among other things:
using appropriate types of reasoning for each situation.
analysing and evaluating evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs.
asking significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions.
This includes such sub skills as being able to:
work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams.
show flexibility and willingness to be helpful to accomplish common goals.
make compromises, as necessary.
assume shared responsibility for collaborative work and value contributions made by others.
While it is important to emphasize each skill, it can be difficult in practice to separate them from each other. For example, creativity today requires adaptability and teamwork, so good communication and collaboration skills are necessary. High-order thinking is both critical and creative, generating and evaluating ideas at the same time.
IF ALL GHANAIANS USE THESE SKILLS, OUR COUNTRY WILL NOT BE EXPERIENCING ALL THE "BABY" ISSUES WE FACE EVERYDAY: THIS IS A 21ST CENTURY AND WE NEED WHAT IS CALLED THE 4 Cs TO SURVIVE IT.
ADAPTED ( An Educator's Guide to the 4 Cs)