UNDP continues its campaign to bring awareness to the topic of corruption. The present campaign is targeting students. Today the team stopped in at a high school in Belmopan. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports.
“In celebrating International Anticorruption Day which is on the 9th of December Karen Bernard Deputy Resident Representative from UNDP along with her team today stopped in at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School in Belmopan and addressed the class of 3 David. The topic was corruption and how it affects a country. Bernard spoke to Love News about their public education tour.”
Karen Bernard, UNDP
“We have a sizeable project in the country. We are working very closely with the ministry of the Attorney General who is the executive of this project in addition to a number of social partners, also we have funding support from the US Embassy through CARSI. The project is to assist the country in the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption. That convention was signed almost one year ago on December 9th which is International Anti Corruption Day. As part of this effort, we have a number of activities. We have a certain type of training on Anti Corruption for small children at the primary level which is based on certain important values that would help to prevent them from falling into corruption; these are values such as honesty, responsibility, loyalty, friendship and others. For that training, we had an expert who came from Panama from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for a week. We trained a number of students in different schools in Dangriga also in Pomona and in Belmopan. This week and last week we have a training at the secondary and tertiary level, we are training students at colleges, we’ve been to Curacao, Stann Creek today at Guadalupe High School in Belmopan. We are going to Orange Walk to Muffles College and we’ve been to a number of places and that is ongoing. This training is different because the children are older, in this training that we have for the older students its focused on corruption, defining corruption, understanding corruption and what we can do to prevent corruption.”