THE ANTI-CORRUPTION AND TRANSPARENCY WEEK 2017

INTRA-TERTIARY DEBATES

THEME: Empowering the Youth in the Fight against Corruptions

 

INTRODUCTION

NACAP, recognising the importance of every stakeholder in the fight against corruption has assigned roles that are to be played by all stakeholders to ensure the country achieves its objective of reducing corruption, if not eliminating it completely. According to the NACAP, Civil Society Organisation like GII and IEA are assigned the responsibility of creating awareness of the NACAP and generally educating the public on anti-corruption issues. 

Two of the main problems identified by the NACAP as impediments in the fight against corruption are the acceptance/high tolerance of corruption and the public cynicism and apathy toward the fight against corruption. The Ghanaian youth, particularly university students, are a distinct target group not only because they are the future leaders in Ghana, but also because social activism is typically more highly pronounced amongst the youth. Therefore, GII and IEA focused their anti-corruption week activities on facilitating university student debates drawing on participants from the Campus Parliament or Debate Club. IEA will led the debates in the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Development Studies, Tamale. Whereas GII will led the debates at the University of Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Together, it is expected that the debates will reach 500 students from the 4 universities. The Campus Parliament and the Debate Clubs give a platform for students engage in structured and serious debate on major topics affecting their lives or those of Ghanaians more broadly. 

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the proposed project are:

     1. To promote anti-corruption behaviour among the youth who are the country’s future leaders in four selected tertiary institutions

     2. To offer the youth in selected universities to express their own perspectives on topical anti-corruption issues and how to effectively deal with them

     3. To create awareness of the negative effects of corruption on citizens, existing mechanisms to combat corruption, such as the NACAP as well as ways to fight corruption.

 

DESIRED OUTCOMES

The project anticipates to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. A total of 500 students from four universities are engaged through debates on relevant anti-corruption topics
  2. Awareness on corruption, its cost, impact and ways of fighting it especially amongst the youth is increased through the debates as well as media activities promoting international anti-corruption day
  3. Awareness is raised on anti-corruption in general as well as the NACAP and other specific initiatives designed to fight corruption as part of a comprehensive week-long commemoration of Anti-Corruption day with activities organized by government, CSOs and through wide media coverage.