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  • Bardothier-Fidele
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    Greetings to everyone.
    To some extent, it may be difficult for the youth to experience the concept of integrity because of the lack of information on the nature/ consequences/ legal implications of corruption and a lack of opportunity to engage in out-reach community service or activities.
    Consequently, the youth may find it hard to act with honesty, but easy to follow and repeat the pattern of corrupted acts carried out by the elderlies.

    The essence of honesty and integrity (to combat corruption) is expected to be initially brought from the family core and at a subsequent stage strengthened by institutions like the school. At Primary and Secondary schools, such values can be taken over during the ‘Human Values’ classes or through the Clubs and Activity periods where the actions undertook may help the young citizens to internalise the concepts of anti-corruption/ integrity/ honesty and adequately apply same in their daily actions and life routine.

    To combat corruption which is deeply rooted in the people’s mentality and social attitudes, the internalisation of values need to be consolidated in the young generation’s mindset for them to be able to transmit same to the next generation.

    Seburrun
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    Yes agree that awareness should be held in all schools (Primary Schools, Colleges, etc) around our country and must arrange in such a way that we cover every classes.

    Mahadowa-Reechaye
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    The Ministry of Education and ICAC are already working together to sensitise students against corruption through the setting up of Integrity Clubs in secondary schools. Optimum use of these Integrity Clubs can help to sensitise a considerable number of youths. The members of the Integrity clubs could carry out a full yearly calendar of activities to sensitise the whole school- for example through debates, quiz, song competitons, drama, poster competitions, etc.on themes related to anti-Corruption and at school level itself so that each Grade is involved in one such activity. Each class should be represented in the Integrity Club. Integrity Club members can also regularly intervene in the morning assembly (when morning assemblies can be carried out)- or carry out talks/presentations classwise to show the commitment of the school to fight against corruption.

    During the teacher empowerment programme carried out by ICAC, Educators can also be guided on how to sensitise students against corruption in their normal classes, irrespective of the subject they teach.

    Boodhoo
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    Thank you very much for all your comments and suggestions.
    There are many external pressures from different quarters to include a variety of issues related to road safety, drug trafficking, teenage pregnancy, protection of the environment, child protection, just to name a few, in the school curriculum. In this regard, the relevant authorities need to have wide consultations and come up with ways and means of accommodating the pressing issues (including anti-corruption) through the appropriate methodology.

    Mahadowa-Reechaye
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    The Ministry of Education and ICAC are already working together to sensitise students against corruption through the setting up of Integrity Clubs in secondary schools. Optimum use of these Integrity Clubs can help to sensitise a considerable number of youths. The members of the Integrity clubs could carry out a full yearly calendar of activities to sensitise the whole school- for example through debates, quiz, song competitons, drama, poster competitions, etc. on themes related to anti-Corruption and at school level itself so that each Grade is involved in one such activity. Each class should be represented in the Integrity Club. Integrity Club members can also regularly intervene in the morning assembly (when morning assemblies can be carried out)- or carry out talks/presentations classwise to show the commitment of the school to fight against corruption.

    Madelon
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    Youth engagement is central in the fight against corruption. This should indeed be included in the education through the various curriculum. It should start right from Early childhood education at Pre Primary Level. AS mentioned we should also try to get endorsement by local public starts that youth like and use social media and culture. Social media could really be used and touch the youth.

    Boodhoo
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    You are right. Indeed, engaging youth in the fight against corruption is a must if we want the so-desired change to happen. Though much has been done to engage youth in the promotion of integrity, much remains to be done through sustained and collaborative efforts. The setting up of Integrity Clubs (ICs) in secondary schools is one amongst the myriad of initiatives crafted by the ICAC to empower our youngsters and emphasize on their involvement in taking integrity-led initiatives. To date, over 100 secondary schools in the Republic of Mauritius have embarked on the project.
    To gear up the initiative, the ICAC conducted a mini survey early this year to assess the outcomes and impact of the project so as to devise remedial actions. The collaboration of the Ministry of Education, T.E, S. & T. and other relevant entities/ authorities is being sought to encourage the implementation of the recommendations so as to secure increased youth involvement in integrity-related activities and better address emerging challenges.

    Jheengut
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    Dear all participants
    We wish to thank you for your contribution to the discussion and wish to continue with the issues that came up for further consideration. We wish to share some of the main issues that came up during the forum for further reflection as follows:

    • Involvement of youth in community service activities to raise their awareness on the importance of serving the community with integrity and honesty. The dividends will surely come.
    • The importance to educate the youth on anti-corruption/ corruption issues for them to become game changers as well as to remove all barriers to their engagement
    • Organisation of activities to encourage active participation of youngsters to reinforce their thinking and critical reflection skills.
    • The fight against corruption is a multi-stakeholder challenge and requires a concerted and collective actions – youth, their parents, their educators, the community and the Ministry of Education amongst others.
    • Inclusion of anti-corruption elements in the educational curriculum in secondary schools. What about tertiary education sector?
    • The need for the relevant authorities to have wide consultations and come up with ways and means of accommodating the pressing issues (including anti-corruption) through the appropriate methodology.
    • The need to push for the incorporation of certain aspects such as values and citizenship education in the curriculum and more forceful actions including specific training of teachers.
    • Emphasis must be laid on cognitive learning, ethical leadership and education to understand principles such as transparency, accountability and fairness.
    • Optimising on the use of social media to create awareness of reporting cases and the development of an anti-corruption App that educates our youth about the right “anti-corruption behaviour”
    • The need to encourage the youth to participate actively in the fight while accommodating their studies.
    • The ICAC intends to have more working sessions with parents with a view to secure more commitment. Parents Teachers Associations will also be rope in. On the other hand, teachers’ empowerment programme on anti-corruption and related issues will be sustained.
    • One period per month/per class must be dedicated for talk on the fight against corruption in every school.
    • Sensitisation and awareness sessions should be held in all schools (Primary Schools, Colleges, etc) with a view to reach all classes. Organisation of talks on anti-corruption/corruption during activity periods.
    • Advocate for more role models/exemplary leaders including politicians for youth to follow.
    • The Ministry of Education and ICAC are already working together to sensitise students against corruption through the setting up of Integrity Clubs in secondary schools. Optimum use of these Integrity Clubs can help to sensitise a considerable number of youths.
    • The need to encourage relevant stakeholders to implement the recommendations of the mini survey on Integrity Clubs so as to secure increased youth involvement in integrity-related activities and better address emerging challenges.

    Let us continue the dialogue. You can reach us on email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected].

    Thank you all again and best wishes.

    dhar
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    In order for our youth to lead the fight against corruption,the education system needs to be reformed and be more value focused. This needs all the stakeholders like family, community and schools to participate and build a culture of intolerance towards corruption.
    We need to lead by action .

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