NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – Transparency International is now targeting primary school pupils to promote their ethical values in the fight against corruption.
Executive Director Samuel Kimeu says targeting the youth in the war against corruption is a vital and necessary component of any anti-corruption strategy.
Addressing a press conference in Kisumu on Thursday, Kimeu said the initiative is to shape the values, attitudes and practices of an individual at a young age as they are more easily influenced.
He revealed that already, they have established 30 integrity clubs in schools in Kwale, Nakuru and Trans Nzoia counties.
“We will be extending this to other schools in the country,” he stated.
He said the integrity clubs will inculcate positive values among learners and develop law abiding and development conscious citizens.
He announced that TI is in the process of scaling up the initiative to a number of counties in the country to reach more youth.
Kimeu noted that in the recent anti-corruption initiatives in the country, TI has largely focused on private sector and government agencies with little interventions targeting the youth in the educational institutions.
“It is good to engage students at an early age in issues of ethics and integrity,” he noted.