The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in collaboration with the National Catholic Secretariat, has embarked on a programme to educate school children on the evils of corruption and corrupt practices in the society.
The programme dubbed “I-Shame Corruption” is part of the NCCE’s Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP).
It aims at targeting children for corruption awareness to enable them imbibe good moral values as well as a sense of abhorrence for the canker, as they grow.
This would help them appreciate its negative impact on the society and jettison all its forms and appearance as they become adults.
Mr Raphael Arthur Wilson, Ashanti Regional Director of NCCE, speaking at an open forum on corruption in Kumasi, said it is time to tackle corruption head-on, as it had become a huge burden on society in diverse ways.
The forum was organized for the pupils of the Pentecost Preparatory JHS at Bantama in Kumasi, and Adankwame D/A JHS in Nwabiagya North District.
He said the two schools were selected in the Ashanti Region to participate in a contest during which each school spoke on corruption issues, its effects and the way forward for the country.
Mr Wilson said Pentecost Preparatory JHS emerged winners with 87 percentage points to beat the Adankwame D/A JHS which garnerred 58 percentage points.
The exercise was being conducted for pupils of some selected schools across the country.
He said the NCCE was using various community education tools including the Constitution and Citizenship Weeks, to create awareness and educate the public on corruption, its impact on society and how people could resist the strong temptation to indulge in it.
“The competition among school children was a further commitment of the NCCE to engage and build their integrity to become proactive and shun corrupt practices, when they grew up.”
Mr Samuel Zan Akologo, the Executive Secretary of the National Catholic Secretariat, said the “I-Shame Corruption” programme would be conducted at every quarter of the year to ensure proper assessment of its impact on the children and the entire society.
He said a manual has also been developed by the Secretariat to guide teachers to talk about corruption as an extra curricula activity in their schools.