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Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education
Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education

Integrate Integrity Clubs in Basic School Curriculum

The Forum for Action on Inclusion, Transparency and Harmony (FAITH) has called for the integration of the activities of the integrity clubs in the basic school curriculum to groom a new generation of people who would eschew corruption.

To eliminate the fundamental causes of corruption in Ghana, the Forum stressed the need to invest in structures and systems that put integrity building and morality at the heart of upbringing of Basic School Pupils in Ghana.

Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana and Coordinator of the FAITH in Ghana Alliance, made these remarks on behalf of the group at the launch of the I-SHAME Corruption in Ghana Report in Accra.

He said the Interfaith Shaping Hearts, Attitudes and Mindset to End Corruption (I-SHAME Corruption) was the FAITH in Ghana alliance attempt to create a new generation of Ghanaians through character and morality building activities in selected Basic Schools.

The Coordinator stated that the I-SHAME corruption project which run for 24months with funding from STAR-Ghana, facilitated the formation of Integrity Clubs in 20 Basic Schools spread across the then 10 regions of Ghana.

These Clubs, according to Mr. Akologo received morality and integrity lessons from both Religious Leaders and Integrity Club Coordinators, adding that a total of 3,856 direct beneficiaries and 32,000 indirect beneficiaries were reached through different channels.

The report indicated a remarkable improvement of pupil’s knowledge and attitudes on issues of bribery and corruption and their dire effects on the lives of citizens.

Launching the Report, Mr. Wilson Raphael Arthur, Ashanti Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education stress the importance of the I-SHAME Corruption in Ghana, in forming.

He stated theCommission’s delight in being part of the project and expressed the hope that the efforts would continue to nurture the morals of citizens to shun corruption, which would contribute to socio-economic development.

Some participants at the launch called for the formation of Integrity Clubs in our Communities, Churches, and Workplaces to help promote the building of good morals that discourage bribery and corruption.

The Report presented in six sections, gives insight on the I-SHAME Corruption in Ghana project framework, touches on thematic areas, some key lessons distilled from the implementation, as well as some selected case studies and recommendations.

By KwesiYrenkyi Boateng

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