The nation’s first anti-corruption curriculum aimed at creating a generation of Fijians immune to corruption was launched in Suva today.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) launched their National Anti-Corruption Curriculum (NACC) which was made in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) and presented the Primary and Secondary Manuals to the Honourable Attorney-General Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
In delivering his opening address, FICAC Acting Deputy Commissioner Mr Rashmi Aslam said that a reactive approach to crimes like corruption is not sufficient.
“There must be a national program that effectively and positively prepares our future generation to take the country to great levels of prosperity,” he shared.
He acknowledged that the journey to implement an effective anti-corruption curriculum will not be easy and was one which required monitoring, frequent reviews and surveys.
“It will be a long and strenuous journey, but it is for a worthy cause. We are determined to take the lead role and bring incumbent results as custodians of this curriculum,” he said.
Chief Guest for the launch was the Honourable Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who emphasised that corruption is not something you can address in a day but that the curriculum is a good start.
“Young people are actually the first ones to say “don’t do that”, and by having that curriculum in the schools you’ll be able to create awareness and sensitization so they (students) can alert others – their elders not to do the wrong thing but to do the right thing,” he said.
The launch also introduced FICAC’s Anti-Corruption Youth Ambassadors Award and program which is a new initiative the Commission created to recognise acts of integrity by young people.
First recipients of the award were Nereo Seruliwaliwa and Waisea Nabobo, students of Nasinu Muslim College who found and returned without hesitation, a wallet containing almost $1000.
FICAC hopes to use the award to gather likeminded individuals and celebrate their honesty by providing them with a platform to advocate for and encourage others to do the same by telling their story to Fiji and the world.