The National Stakeholder Review Meeting was held on the 24th June 2019 at Mensvic Hotel. Madam Josephine Nkrumah, chairwoman of the National Commission for Civic Education, graced the event as the chairperson.
The cause for this timely stakeholder meeting was to unveil the Manual and the Student’s Reader on anti-corruption titled ‘The Poet’s Cry’ as well as a 6-part animation series on anti-corruption which was developed by LeadAfrique International with technical support from the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) and Dr. Adabo Oppong from the University of Cape Coast.
The review meeting was attended by more than 60 education stakeholders who had a first look at the materials produced and gave their honest reviews on them.
The stakeholder meeting was honoured by other distinguished personnel including Mr. Ibrahim – Tanko – CEO, STAR-Ghana Foundation, Mr. Richard Quayson- Deputy Commissioner, CHRAJ, Dr. Angela Tena Mensah – Director- Secondary Education Division (representing the Director- General, Ghana Education Service), Mr. Anthony Sarpong- Head of Curriculum (representing the National Council for Curriculum Assessment).
The co-founder of Lead Afrique International, Michael Ohene-Effah, in his welcome address explained that, Ghana has always been known for her democracy but unfortunately this has not yet resulted into her being a corruption free country.
He said, though Ghana has been on the forefront of fighting corruption, yet the country continues to average about 38 point 86 in the Corruption Index from 1998 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 48 Points in 2014 and a record low of 33 Points in 1999. Furthermore, Ghana scored 41 points out of 100 on the 2018 Corruption Perception Index reported by Transparency International.
He mentioned the project ‘Basics in Integrity Education’ project was to inculcate in a whole new generation values for change. He believed the project materials which includes “the readers manual, teachers guide and a 6-part animated series is required as an answer to Ghana’s shortfall and gaps in the fight against corruption”.
There is the need for government and all stakeholders of education to shift the focus in the fight against corruption and the campaigning for integrity education to the youth. It should be noted that the core of every social movement for positive change in history has always been the young people. This was made clear by the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education, the National Stakeholders’ Review Meeting
Mr. Quayson, the Deputy Commissioner, CHRAJ, in his address to the various education stakeholders present challenged and tasked them to appropriate the right tools and get the materials adopted in schools. He acknowledged the presence of one educationist, Ms. Awuradwoa Boahemaa, a Christian who has been working and supporting CHRAJ in its introduction of ethics in basics schools. Ms. Christian shared on the acronym VISA, which stands for Vision, Integrity, Sacrifice, Accessibility, could be used to champion the inculcation of values of integrity in children.
The Ghana Education Service, Director General made a profound statement in his speech which was read by the Director for Secondary Education Division, he stated,
‘We want people who would run the affairs of this country to be morally upright and full of integrity. This program should go beyond two years because it’s obviously not going to be enough. Let’s look at an opportunity to integrate it into our school system right from the director general’s office to the students. Our interest is that it becomes part and parcel of what we do as a service.’
He emphasised on the need to normalise integrity among our young people by implementing this campaign in schools with the support of the media and all educational institutions will be a much appreciated effort, in the years ahead we will be known as individuals who left a sustainable legacy for the young people of Ghana in practicing integrity as a tool to fight corruption.
The programmes Director and acting CEO of STAR Ghana Foundation, Mr. Ibrahim Tanko, urged all present to be advocates in instilling values in our young people starting from their homes and circles.
The stakeholders were engaged in group discussions where each stakeholder group presented their view on questions given.
- Stakeholders’ expectations of the Basics in Integrity Education Manual.
- Stakeholders’ role in supporting Basics in Integrity Education Implementation.
The various stakeholder groups presented their views and below is how it was documented:
|1. Civil Society Organisations & Development Partners||1. Formalising Integrity in School Curriculum.
2. Attitudinal Change at all levels.
3. Practical Teaching Methods.
4. A change in Parent &Teachers Orientation.
|1. Public education in the district levels.
2. Monitoring and Evaluating support to the project.
3. Demand account from duty bearers.
4. Donor coordination to mobilize support.
|2. Faith Organisations (General Managers)||1. We expect that it should run through the pre-school to the tertiary level in our schools and institutions.
2. We expect that more TOT should be embarked on vigorously to help in the chapter six.
3. We expect it to be made permanent and that the government should take it up.
|1. Train all teachers in the religious education units so that they can effectively model in our schools.
2. An effective supervision should be carried out to make sure the manual is well taught.
3. The PTAs should be informed about the corrupt practices in our churches and mosques.
|3. Education Associations||1. Behavioural change.
2. Patriotism and love for Nation.
3. Attitudinal Change.
4. Crackling of the whip/punishment.
5. Rewarding -Institutions
7. Much Media – Attention nationwide.
|1. Being role models as teachers.
2. Helping students understand the concept of corruption and related issues.
3. Organise anti – corruption clubs in schools and communities.
4. Developing anti-corruption and teaching and learning materials.
5. Curbing examination malpractice.
6. To move anti- corruption topic for guidance and counselling sections in schools.
|4. Student Representatives||1. More action and less forums and meetings.
2. Great systems should be set up.
|1. Leading exemplary behaviour.
2. Reaching out to other colleagues.
|5. Education Directors||1. Roll out of the Readers to all pupils in the country.
2. Behaviour change in our youth.
3. Organise in-service training for all teachers.
4. Teaching resources should be made available in schools for all teacher.
5. Formation of Integrity Clubs in our schools.
|1. Educators should serve as role models for pupils and members in the community.
2. Advocacy role of the educators and pupils at all social gatherings. E.g. PTA, Church, Market, etc.
3. Integration of BACE in all subject areas during teaching.
4. Award schemes for deserving students who expects practical behaviour change during Speech and prize giving day.
5. Introduction to BACE competition among pupils, e.g. Quizzes, Drama, what do-you know.
|6. Media||1. The impact of this model be seen in the long term.
2. Ghana Education Service to adopt it as part of the curriculum for it not to be like another meeting with no action.
3. It should be a subject that should taught in all levels to tertiary.
|4. To provide airtime for issues relating to the fight against corruption and the social vices.
5. To play a pivotal role in educating the younger generation and the public at large on the model.
6. The media should follow up to monitor the success of the program.
In closing, all representatives from NaCCA and GES, partner organisations, education stakeholders endorsed the project and adhered to the call to support the process of adopting the materials in schools.
The review meeting was captured in the various news tabloids and print media;
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation: https://www.gbcghanaonline.com/news/basics-in-integrity-manual-to-imbibe-anti-corruption-tenets-in-pupils/2019/
Daily Graphic, Wednesday, June 26,2019. Page 19.
Daily Graphic: No.212024, Monday, July 1,2019, page17 ‘Citizens must fight corruption at all levels.
Credit: LeadAfrique International.