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22.07.2009 Education

Use cultural studies to promote discipline among the youth

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Cape Coast, July 22, GNA - The Central Regional Director of Education, Madam Rosemond Blay, has called on teachers to use cultural studies to promote discipline among the youth.

She said indiscipline in the country was as a result of the less attention given to traditional ways of life and the wrong adoption of some western cultures which contribute negatively to national development.

Madam Blay was opening the regional 'festival of arts for basic schools in Cape Coast, on the theme “Culture an epitome of our moral values”.

Fourteen basic schools from the 17 districts are taking part in the festival and are competing in poetry recital, drum language, sight singing and choral music.

She said traditional songs, poetry and proverbs had a lot of inspiration, motivation and entertainment to offer them and lessons learnt from culture would make them responsible and disciplined in all aspects of life.

Mad Blay appealed to the pupils to take interest in promoting the cultural and national values of the country.

Mr Joshua Amoah, a lecturer at the Department of Music, at the University of Ghana, said falling moral standards in the country was as result of less motivation given to the teaching and learning of culture.

He said it was to help address the situation that the music and anthropology departments of the university are doing their best to promote cultural values and good moral standards at the tertiary level.

Mr Amoah appealed to teachers to find a way of teaching and examining pupils in cultural studies to bring them abreast of current cultural issues.

Nana Kwamena Nyimfa IX, Adontenhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, expressed the hope that the festival would teach the participants traditional morals and would save the youth of the country from deviant behaviour.

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