Pupils applauded for demonstrating in-depth knowledge about corruption

Bolgatanga, Stakeholders have applauded some basic school pupils in the Upper East Region for demonstrating understanding and knowledge about corruption and the consequences it poses to national development.

The pupils drawn from the Anafobisi Junior High and the St Joachim Junior High Schools from the Bongo District in the region were selected to participate in the quarterly Anti-Corruption Assessment Quiz competition in Bolgatanga, where they demonstrated in-depth knowledge on corruption.

The pupils answered varied questions on corruption ranging from the forms of corruption, various terms used in defining corruption, factors that give rise to corruption, effects of corruption and institutions that handle corruption issues, among others.

The pupils’ outstanding performances attracted applauses from the stakeholders including teachers and patrons, regional heads of department from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative of Justice (CHRAJ), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), among others, who attended the programme.

The event, organized by the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS), in collaboration with the NCCE and the Ghana Education Service (GES), formed part of the ‘I�Shame Corruption in Ghana Project’, and it is aimed at imbibing in the school children the spirit of responding to corruption.

The project, funded by STAR Ghana Foundation, through the pool of resources from the UKaid, Danida and DFID, had also developed corruption manuals for schools, formed Integrity Clubs and engaged patrons for the clubs who use the corruption manual to engage the pupils on corruption at the club level.

MrZanAkologo, the Executive Secretary of CRITAS Ghana, a Charitable Organization formed by the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, explained that the project was geared towards Inter-Faith Shaping of Hearts, Attitudes and Mindset to end corruption in Ghana.

MrAkolgo, further explained that the project implementation also involved alliance of diverse faith groups dubbed the ‘Forum for Action on Inclusion, Transparency and Harmony (FAITH) in Ghana, and that, the National Catholic Secretariat was only providing and playing leadership roles.

He mentioned Inter-faith groups including the National Chief Imam, the Ahmadiya Moslem Mission, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), the Christian Council of Ghana, the Federation of Muslim Women Association in Ghana among others, as some of the implementing partners.

The Executive Secretary stated that children were the most affected by corrupt practices and commended the GES, CHRAJ, the Department of Children and all other implementing partners for their effective collaboration in the implementation of the project, and urged the partners to continue with the good work.

He explained that the essence of the exercise was not to point fingers at people who are engaged in corruption, but to engage collectively to help fight the menace, and called on the GES to adopt the corruption manual as part of its syllabus for the students to enable them to become responsible citizens devoid of corruption.

Mr Pontius Pilate Baba Apaabey, the Regional Director of the NCCE, commended the pupils and patrons for their output and Indicated that the I�Shame Corruption in Ghana Integrity Clubs established by the project in the Schools was a powerful tool that could help mitigate the corruption canker in the country.

He said the NCCE would continue to partner the organizers to implement the project since it was in tandem with the NCCE programmes of ensuring that citizens became more responsible to help contribute positively to national development.

Source: Ghana News Agency