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Action Aid Takes Anti-Corruption Fight to Schools :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Action Aid Takes Anti-Corruption Fight to Schools

The organisation has now taken the battle to schools, where learners are taught to avoid the vice which has taken root in almost all institutions across the country. Uganda was ranked 144 on a list of 180 corrupt countries, according to the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International.
Amuge Scovia, student of St. Stephen SS in Katakwi.

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The fight against corruption in Uganda has a new face, thanks to another campaign by Action Aid, an international charity organization working with women and girls living in poverty.

The organisation has now taken the battle to schools, where learners are taught about corruption and the effects of the vice on democracy, economic development and service delivery and how corrupt practices have entrenched a majority of the population in poverty, promoted inequality and enhanced social division in the country.

Although efforts to fight corruption are in place, through, among others, the State House anti-corruption unit, the Inspectorate of Government and the courts of law, Uganda ranked 144 on a list of 180 corrupt countries, according to the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International.

From Katakwi District in Eastern Uganda, children are now trained to fight corruption through debates which, according to Andrew Onapito, the Communications Officer at Action Aid are meant to enhance the knowledge of the youngsters on corruption and its effects on service delivery.

The district has been in the spotlight in recent months due to the alleged extortion of money during the recruitment of public servants. Information from the district shows that the recruitment scandals are responsible for the district's failure to appoint more than 200 teachers who were successful during recruitment.

In June this year, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit and the Police cracked a whip on some of the district officials for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for desks, water dams and other projects in the district. Onapito says that the learners in schools will be taught to shun corruption and report cases of corruption to the responsible authorities.

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Genevieve Abulo, a student of Toroma Peace High School says the debate has opened her eyes to the effects of corruption and empowered her to sensitize the communities against the vice.

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James Stephen Engole, the Head Teacher of St. Stephen Secondary School in Katakwi says that students are the agents of change that must be involved in discussing issues affecting the communities. He adds that exposing corruption and holding the corrupt to account is possible if the learners, in whose hands the future is held, can understand the way it manifests itself.

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Katakwi District Chairperson Geoffrey Omolo said that the approach by ActionAid to fight corruption is key in saving the future generation from corruption vices.

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The campaign comes ahead of the anti-corruption week in December. This year marks the sixth edition of the African Anti-Corruption Day which is being commemorated under the theme: “Strategies and Mechanisms for the Transparent Management of the COVID – 19 Funds”.