Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Larry Bimi, has appealed to the staff of the Commission to develop and implement educational strategies that would motivate and sustain the interest of women to take active interest in decision making, especially at the local level.
He said women played a key role in entrenching democracy and good governance and there was the need for the staff of the Commission, especially female public educators, to priorities women's education in their programmes to enlighten them on their civic rights and responsibilities.
Mr Bimi made the call at the opening of a three-day workshop on strategic approach to civic education for selected female staff of the Commission in Kumasi on Thursday.
The workshop, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ghana government aims at building the capacities of the female staff to enable them to develop effective educational campaigns that would encourage more women to take active part in local governance.
Mr Bimi advised the participants to be abreast with the contents of the country's Constitution to enable them to educate the people appropriately.
He appealed to women to always encourage and support their colleagues who wanted to contest the district level elections.
Mr Kusi Aboraah, Ashanti Regional Director of the NCCE, said one of the major obstacles to the socio-economic growth and good governance in the country was the inability of the majority of people to participate effectively in decision-making process.
He said there was the need to tap the knowledge and experiences of women as mothers, to create awareness among the citizenry on the importance of participatory democracy in order to reduce poverty.