Anti-corruption curriculum

In reply to William Rosa’s letter (FT 22/03); the National Anti-Corruption Curriculum is piloted in 32 schools around the country this year in collaboration with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and the Ministry of Education.

Mr Rosa writes that children are too young for such a kind of exposure; however, it is the view of the commission that ethical integrity is moulded into a character and cannot be developed overnight, the curriculum allows for enhancement of a child’s moral standards.

Education is a key aspect of overcoming corruption and Article 13 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which Fiji acceded to in 2008, calls for state countries to undertake public education programs including school and university curricula.

Young people are the best target audience leading to minimising corruption in the future, propelling progress and becoming agents of change.

One of the root causes of corruption is lack of integrity, it is imperative that young minds are developed and instilled with high moral standards at a young age, this in return, will build a culture of resistance towards corruption in our country.

Thank you.