In­tegrity clubs come Septem­ber

Fo­cus on cor­rup­tion, at­ti­tudes and val­ues

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Syranno Baines Gleaner Writer syranno.baines@glean­erjm.com

ED­U­CA­TIONAL CLUBS aimed at chang­ing the youth per­spec­tive on at­ti­tudes, val­ues and cor­rup­tion are to be ini­ti­ated in sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions come Septem­ber, as a re­sult of a syn­ergy be­tween the Na­tional In­tegrity Ac­tion (NIA) and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion (MOEYI).

The move to im­ple­ment ‘In­tegrity Clubs’ in schools is­land­wide, comes against the back­ground of the find­ings of a re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by the Of­fice of the Con­trac­tor Gen­eral (OCG) which saw politi­cians be­ing ranked by 1,262 young­sters aged 10-19 years, as hav­ing the low­est in­tegrity among a group of pro­fes­sion­als.

“That per­cep­tion can change once we’re con­sis­tent in our in­ter­ven­tions with them (youth) and also by de-stig­ma­tis­ing the word politi­cians or pol­i­tics so youths un­der­stand that it is some­thing good and they should par­tic­i­pate in the gov­er­nance of the coun­try and through do­ing this, they them­selves will have an im­pact in go­ing for­ward pos­i­tively,” Jamie-Ann Che­vannes, youth out­reach of­fi­cer for NIA told The Gleaner.

“We want to in­grain in them pos­i­tive val­ues and at­ti­tudes that are now be­ing de­railed,” added Che­vannes.

“The high amount of fights that are hap­pen­ing in schools, we’re try­ing to curb that sort of be­hav­iour and en­cour­age them to de­velop their schools and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Floyd Green, state min­is­ter in the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry, echoed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments at re­cent Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum, stat­ing: “We have done a num­ber of cam­paigns in schools, but what we’ve found is that once they go back into the com­mu­ni­ties, a lot of the good work that was done in school, is erased. So, we’re now look­ing at how we can reach into the com­mu­ni­ties and the homes to en­sure that we start in­still­ing those val­ues and pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes from the very ear­li­est time.”

OF­FI­CIAL GUIDE

An of­fi­cial book­let out­lin­ing the fre­quency of meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties to best con­vey the in­tended mes­sages is al­ready in place as re­sult of the pi­lot phase be­ing ran at St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, St Hugh’s High and Holy Trin­ity High a few years back.

Schools will ex­press their in­ter­est to the min­istry af­ter which a teacher or nom­i­nee of the in­sti­tu­tion, who is ap­pointed to over­see the club, will be trained by the NIA in tan­dem with the min­istry.

The mod­ules to be cov­ered by stu­dents are:

Un­der­stand­ing in­tegrity and cor­rup­tion I The self and in­tegrity I The coun­try and in­tegrity I The world and in­tegrity I I can make a dif­fer­ence; ac­count­abil­ity, courage and ad­vo­cacy.

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