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28.02.2007 General News

Ghanaians Must Be Patriotic

One day as I watched a TV news survey on how well Ghanaians could sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge, I was appalled by the responses.

Even students who sing the anthem and recite the pledge every day in school could not pronounce the words properly. The case of the adults was worse.

Some of them had completely forgotten the words of our national anthem.

The pledge and anthem are meant to inspire us in our daily dealings and help us to become responsible and patriotic citizens.

If adults who have to teach children cannot even remember some of the lines, how can they teach children who are the future leaders of the country to be patriotic?

All schools should make it a point to teach children the anthem, the pledge and other patriotic songs to instil the spirit of patriotism in them.

That will help demonstrate to other nationals that we love and cherish our country.

Moreover, many people, including schoolchildren, do not even know that they have to stand up when the national anthem is being played and that is bad indeed.

This attitude must change as we celebrate 50 years of our independence.

Other nationals cherish their countries and their anthems so much that you would love to be part of them.

There is the need to fly high the nation's flag and use the colours to design clothes and other things for everyday use. We should not wait for a big event such as the 50th anniversary of the country before we demonstrate that we are Ghanaians.

May we all have a happy Jubilee celebration.