In an era where technology and taste for foreign things abound. It is imperative that we revive the national consciousness of local folklore. This is especially important for children and youth in order not to lose our history and identity.
Our young ones are the future of our beloved nation. And we have a duty to reorient and teach them the importance of our folklore. The National Folklore Board (NFB) has therefore selected seven schools within the Greater Accra Region. This is to pilot the formation of folklore clubs in schools in Ghana. This is the beginning of more to come. Moving forward, the board will extend these to other school and regions as well.
Speaking at the launch of the national folklore clubs in Accra, the national director, said in her speech.
“Today, we are gathered to launch the Ghana Folklore Club. This is an effort aimed at ensuring that our very young ones are exposed to the beauty of our folklore. It is rather sad that the current situation in respect of folklore and our young ones is nothing to write home about. Indeed in most homes now, our young ones are not even exposed to their mother tongue. Our teachers here will attest to the fact that, the development of the child is greatly improved when he is exposed to the Local languages. Rather sadly and ironically, in some schools, it is an offence to speak Ghanaian language in school. My dear teachers, can we take off the “No vernacular” signage in our schools?
She added that they will train teachers to teach members of the individual clubs about Ghanaian folklore. They will also embark on tours to destinations around the country to help promote domestic tourism. Nana Adjoa therefore appealed to individuals and institutions and corporate Ghana to support her outfit’s efforts.
In attendance were students from the seven selected schools who performed cultural dance and recited poetry. Present at the launch were the Former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Catherine Afeku, Chairperson for the National Commission for Civic Education, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, President of the African American Association of Ghana, Gail Nikoi, A Representative the UNESCO Ghana, Former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dzifa Gomashie, Director of the Dubois Centre, Youth Tourism Ambassador and TOSOGHA President, Joseph Amartey and a host of other dignitaries.
Folklore is the intellectual and spiritual tradition that is passed on from the oral tradition. It is passed from generation to generation around the world. This comprises customs, beliefs, material culture, dramatic art, festivals, music stories, proverbs, poetry recitals, riddles, literary and scientific cultural legacy bequeathed to the world over, which have been celebrated over the years.
In her final speech, Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante, acting national director of the NFB said, “reliving of the experiences of your forefathers, my forefathers, our forefathers will re-echo that identity we share together as a Ghanaian people. Eat Ghana, because our forefathers ate Ghana. To weather the difficult storms on their sojourn as a people. Wear Ghana to relive the memories of what they wore. Definitely See Ghana to behold the beauty of what our forefathers bequeathed us with. Feel Ghana because of the Ghanaian blood that runs through your veins.
This is the kind of message and patriotism the NFB wants to instill in our young ones. I believe we can do our part by learning and teaching our young ones at home. we need to instill the love of our dear homeland in the hearts of our youth and children.
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