NGO wants ethics; anti-corruption education integrated into school curriculum

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By Naomi Sharang

Coalition for Ethics and Anti-Corruption Education (CCEAE), an NGO, on Tuesday in Abuja advocated for integrating ethics and anti-corruption education into the curriculum of tertiary institutions in the country.

A spokesperson for the coalition, Mrs Odinakaonye Lagi, said this at the group’s submission of a memorandum to the National Committee for Developing a Road Map for the Education Sector in Nigeria.

Lagi, also the Programme Director, Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI), said the memorandum wanted the incorporation of ethics and anti-corruption education as a compulsory multi-disciplinary course of study at the undergraduate level in tertiary institutions.

“ We believe that by investing in the moral and ethical development of our future leaders and professionals, Nigeria can pave the way for a brighter, more prosperous and corruption-free society,’’ she said.

Lagi added that the goal of the memorandum was to make the National Ethics and Integrity Policy a core value by incorporating ethics and anti-corruption education in the curriculum of Nigerian tertiary institutions.

This, she said is to cultivate a culture of ethics, transparency, and accountability among Nigerians.

Lagi said that the proposed curriculum aspires to nurture ethical values and critical thinking skills among undergraduates.

She added that curriculum would empower undergraduates to identify, analyse and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas.

“ It will also accord them with skills on tackling corruption issues in diverse contexts both personal and professional.

“ Incorporating Ethics and Anti-Corruption Education as a compulsory course of study at the undergraduate level in Nigerian tertiary institutions is a pivotal step toward building a more ethical, transparent and corruption-resistant society.

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“ It will support increased awareness about the detrimental impact of corruption on society and the economy,’’ he said.

Lagi added: “It will also equip students with the tools necessary to prevent, detect and report corrupt practices while also educating them about the protection and support mechanisms available to whistleblowers.”

She said that the curriculum would support nation-building by contributing to a generation of ethical leaders who understand the principles of good governance and institutional building in public and private sectors.

Lagi also acknowledged the steps taken by the current administration toward reforming the education system in Nigeria.

“ The proposal is to support efforts to promote good governance in line with Nigeria’s National Ethics and Integrity policy,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Sept. 5, the Federal Government inaugurated a seven-member committee to drive education road map in the country.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Ali-Baba Inuwa

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