Madam Doris Yawa Gbongo, the Acting Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has advised Ghanaians to develop interest and show concern in the fight against corruption.
She emphasised that corruption remained the bane of accelerated national development, as it affected all sectors of society and denied citizens the right to basic societal needs adding that there was to need to nib it in the bud.
“Corruption must be of concern to all citizens including children, youth and adults”, Madam Gbongo made the call when she was addressing an Integrity Club assessment session held in Sunyani.
The Integrity Club at the St James Junior High School, represented by Ivy Silasi Dzimado and Godbless Amponsah obtained 65 marks to emerge winners over Nyamaa JHS Integrity Club which had 56 marks, and represented by Georgina Amo and Mustapha Fosu during the assessment debate on corruption.
It was jointly organised by the NCCE and the National Catholic Secretariat as part of a project being implemented by the two institutions in selected basic schools in the country.
The “I Shame Corruption Project” seeks to create awareness and educate basic school children on the effects of corruption, and actively engage them in the fight against the menace.
Mad. Gbongo explained that it was imperative to help instil in the younger generation a high sense of patriotism and mould them in a way that they would grow and become anti-corruption advocates.
She said when children understood the concept and effects of corruption to the nation, they would be in the position to contribute their quota in diverse ways to stem the menace and other economic ills in the society.
Mad. Gbongo expressed satisfaction with the level of knowledge the clubs had in corruption, but asked the teachers to guide the children to build their confidence and help them to improve on their English language.
She stated that pupils and students could enhance their knowledge of the English language when they read more story books and accordingly advised them to do so.