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Societal Values and National Development: Consolidating the Gains

Jan. 29, 2020, 6:30 a.m.



For Immediate Release                                                                                                      26 January 2020 



The National Development Planning Commission will hold its first National Development Forum for the year 2020 on Wednesday, 29 January 2020. The forum which will be the 9th in the series of the Commission’s monthly fora is on the theme, “Societal Values and National Development: Consolidating the Gains”, andwill be held at the British Council in Accra, from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

National development is generally undergirded by a system of values that promote unity of purpose and shared vision. Values such as patriotism, respect for human dignity and fundamental rights, hospitality, sacrifice, equality, among others, have governed the conduct of individuals, institutions and communities in the country. Despite attempts over the years to maintain these essential values, there seems to be a gradual erosion of the cohesion and cooperation that characterized the Ghanaian society.

The Commission, over the last couple of months of the fora, has engaged with stakeholders from diverse segments of society on the future of Ghana. While efforts are geared towards building a solidly developed nation at 100 years, it is critical to confront issues about the state of our cultural values and attitudes in various facets of our lives – political, economic, environmental, professional ethos, traditions, habits and practices – and how to maintain the values that advance our cause and resuscitate those being lost.

The presentations and discussions at the Forum will consider the evolution of the age-old values in the Ghanaian society, and the needed restoration of the national value system that would place the country firmly on the path of sustained development.

The Keynote address for the forum will be delivered by Dr. Charles Wiafe – Akenten, Faculty Member, Department of Psychology, University of Ghana.

The forum will stream live on JoyNews (Facebook), NDPC Ghana (Facebook), and @ndpcghana (Twitter). Ideas, questions and comments on the theme may be sent to either of the social media handles or by Whatsapp to: 0540-960-315.


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