January 08, 2018

"We established Integrity Clubs in Liberian schools to help reduce corruption in society"

Members of a Students Integrity Club at a Liberian high school

Photo credit: Daniel Dennis

One of our Global Youth Ambassadors tells how the programme trains young people to be anti-corruption watchdogs in their schools and communities.

At the age of 17, I started the fight against corruption among my peers by establishing the Students Against Corruption (SAC), which is currently the first national students-led anti-corruption organisation in Liberia.
 
In March 2017, SAC and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) established by the government of Liberia, began the establishment of Integrity Clubs in Liberian Schools - with the overarching goal to contribute to the reduction and prevention of corruption in society.
 
In October 2017, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) accepted a proposal to sponsor the establishment of Students Integrity Clubs in 10 public high schools in Liberia.

The official launch of the Students Integrity Clubs

Photo credit: Daniel Dennis

The process was a challenging moment for the SAC because public schools rejected the establishment of the clubs. They saw it as a target but with the help of the Ministry of Education they accepted them.   

There are currently 365 students from 10 public high schools who are part of the Students Integrity Clubs in their schools. 

These students completed training conducted by the LACC and were made Anti-Corruption Ambassadors in their schools and communities. They are also tasked with the responsibility to serve as watchdogs on campus to ensure that there is a better learning environment for all students on and off campus.  

Through the SAC, we want to see a future for young people, namely children, free of corruption in education.

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