General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia says Ghanaian electorate has become more sophisticated and discerning, thus winning their hearts and minds goes beyond the mundane political rhetoric.
The NDC as party he said is challenged to equip their activities with the right working tools, which is the knowledge on the philosophical underpinnings of the party.
The future of democracy he said lies in the conscious and physical might towards a regime of ideas, knowledge, policies and programmes.
The chief scribe made the remarks when he delivered a speech at the official launch of the Ghana Institute of Social Democracy, a political party school for the NDC.
The hope of the NDC is that democracy matures, and political parties in Ghana will be able to offer electorate clear distinct and implementable policy choices.
‘’Our [NDC] contribution towards realizing these national objectives is the establishment of the Ghana Institute of Social Democracy,’’ he stated.
The institute he said will serve as a centre for research into changing global ideological perspectives of the social democratic tradition and realign itself with the emerging global trends in order to promote and strengthen the social democratic philosophy in Ghana and Africa.
The vision of the Ghana Institute of Social Democracy is to become an institution of choice in the study of politics, governance and social democracy in Africa, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said.
‘’The school shall be opened to all Ghanaians, especially cadres of the NDC, as well as all progressive political parties, civil society groups, who share in the social democratic philosophy,’’ he said.
The institute he said shall run courses including but not limited to; Philosophy, principle and practice of Social democracy, political economy of development, elections and electoral systems, gender mainstreaming, youth development, development and environment sustainability, grass root political mobilization and activism, public sector management and public policy formulation and implementation.