Accra, 5 December 2019 – Today the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) celebrates a Youth Forum on Integrity in Accra. The event is part of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Week which is being organised in partnership with the Office of the President, the Attorney General’s Office, Judicial Service, Economic and Organized Crime Organisation (EOCO), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ghana Police Service (GPS), Bank of Ghana, Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), PenPlusBytes and other stakeholders, with the support of the European Union through its Accountability Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP.
The schools invited to the event include Accra Academy, Accra High Senior High School, Presbyterian Boys – Legon, Presec Osu, Accra Girls, Kinbu SHS, St Thomas Aquinas, St Mary’s SHS, Wesley Grammar School and Holy Trinity SHS.
During the events students are called on to present their views on integrity and anti-corruptions and give voice to their views and concerns. This activity responds to one of the four key objectives of Ghana’s National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), which foresees the engagement of individuals, the media and civil society organisations in reporting and combating corruption.
It is particularly important to actively engage the youth for two key reasons. Firstly, young people tend to be more exposed to bribery and therefore particularly vulnerable to corruption, as they are involved in almost every aspect of society – as students, pupils, workers, customers and citizens. Secondly, young people are an integral element for the success of a cultural change in attitudes and behaviour towards corruption and in the shaping of the values of tomorrow, since they represent the future of Ghana.
Building a culture of integrity in society necessarily begins with the education of young people. The knowledge, skills and behaviours they acquire now will shape Ghana’s future, and will help them uphold public integrity, which is essential for preventing corruption.
Raising awareness of the benefits of public integrity and reducing tolerance of violations of its standards remains a critical component for the fight against corruption. To this end engaging the school system is critical to inspire norms for public integrity at a young age and create cultural and institutional change that can make corruption a high-risk low gain activity.
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NOTES TO THE EDITORS
The Parliament of Ghana adopted the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) as the coordinated anti-corruption policy of Ghana in 2014. It seeks to create a sustainable democratic Ghanaian society founded on good governance and instilled with high ethics and integrity.
As part of global efforts in addressing corruption, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and designated December 9 as the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) in order to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of UNCAC in combating and preventing it.
Subsequently, on an annual basis, the IACD is celebrated globally on 9th December to create global awareness on the harmful effects of corruption and the need for concerted and sustained partnership among stakeholders in order to effectively and efficiently address the corruption canker.
As a State Party to the UNCAC, Ghana has always joined the international anti-corruption community to celebrate the IACD following ratification of the UNCAC in 2007. Ghana’s efforts have culminated in the adoption of the week leading to the IACD on 9th December as the Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Week.
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