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28.05.2007 Social News

Unique culture is crucial for speedy growth - Educationalist


Miss Juliet Kumah, Hohoe District Director of Education has stressed the need for Ghanaians to rediscover their cultural heritage, identity and personality in order to achieve rapid socio-economic growth.
"We need to adhere and uphold firmly to our morality, cultural values, norms and principles," she said.

Miss Kumah was speaking at the Hohoe District Cultural Festival at Hohoe for 12 educational circuits constituting the District that competed in mass songs, choral, dance, sight-reading, poetry recitals, drum language and exhibition.

It was on the theme: "Culture - a Tool for Peaceful Co-existence" and would serve as a platform to raise a formidable troupe to represent the District at the regional level.
Miss Kumah said the purpose of including cultural festivals in the school curriculum was to expose students and pupils to the country's cultural heritage and serve as a driving force or inculcating patriotism through nationalism and the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence.
Miss Kumah noted that culture embodied values and norms, chieftaincy institutions, traditional architecture, folklore and tales, traditional medicine, family systems, proverbs, staple foods and rites of passage depicting the entire livelihood.

She called for modification and sustenance of cultural norms and values, which bind the people with one destiny.

Miss Kumah called on all stakeholders to find a solution to the negative aspects of globalisation and modernity on our culture.