Fighting corruption

Fred Wesley | Monday, January 8, 2018
The revelation that the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is working with the Education Ministry to incorporate anti-corruption syllabus into the national curriculum is interesting.

FICAC communications officer Nandni Vandhana said the National Anti-Corruption Curriculum would be piloted this year in collaboration with the ministry and would be implemented from next year.

The aim of the NACC, she said, was to educate and prepare leaders of tomorrow to adopt ethical values and to deter them from corrupt activities.

This, she said, would also provide information and awareness to students and student leaders on how to deal with ethical dilemmas on a daily basis in their surrounding and their future work environment.

The commission, she said, placed emphasis on all citizens of Fiji having access to information on anti-corruption.

There is hope that the NACC will provide an ideal platform to cater for students.

The curriculum, she said, would set foundations for preparedness on ethical decision making. Training for teachers would be conducted by FICAC and the MOE.

Education Ministry permanent secretary Ioane Tiko believes the introduction of the NACC into the national curriculum would help young minds make better and honest decisions within the society.

Understandably any effort to rid our nation of corruption should be welcomed.

In fact it would be a major plus for our nation.

Achieving the end goal will inch out positive vibes.

Corruption has many faces.

It embraces underhand dealings, a manipulation of set processes and systems, and bypasses legal means to achieve goals.

Corruption attacks the system and those involved in it must be brought to justice.

But because of the many faces it takes on, we should be aware. There has to be emphasis on creating a high level of awareness and appreciation of what entails corruption.

To that end, any effort to fight it at various levels of society must be encouraged and stepped up.

We must be able to nurture young people who will grow up into well rounded citizens of our nation who are conscious of the negative impact of corruption.

Surely there has to be a great level of appreciation also of what transparency and accountability stand for.

There has to be a certain amount of acceptance of the importance that needs to be placed on how we nurture an appreciation of values among every Fijian.

Money can be a great motivator for all sorts of actions.

The challenge is how we get people to control their emotions under great pressure.

Corruption at every level of society must be weeded out. We must not allow it to fester and develop, otherwise we risk developing a situation where it wrongly becomes an 'acceptable' part of our lives. Nobody said it would be an easy fight.

The benefits of putting a lid on corruption though are many.

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