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Tuesday, 01 June 2010 08:23

Section 58 (4) of the constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides: All lawful measures shall be taken, to expose, combat and eradicate corruption and abuse of power and authority by those holding authoritative positions.  Every Swazi citizen is a stake holder in the fight against corruption as a result of the nefarious socio-economical effects corruption has over the broad spectrum of the Swazi society. 

Section 10 (1) (iii) and (iv) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2006 empowers the Anti-Corruption Commission to educate the public about the evil and dangerous effects of corrupt practices and foster public support in combating corruption.

In conformity to the provisions of the above, the Anti-Corruption Commission has established a fully functional public education section that implements the public education mandate. This demonstrates a departure from conservative Anti-Corruption Commissions who prioritised and channelled most resources towards investigations.

The Public Education Department holds the belief that the involvement of society plays a pivotal role in the fight against corruption. As a result the Government, Civic Society, Church and Non Governmental Organisations are involved in the fight against corruption. This multidisciplinary approach renders the fight against corruption credible, versatile and sustainable. Proponents of the education process envisage that various factors affect the learning process, thus to enhance efficiency learners should be categorised into related groups.  Teaching strategies effective within the youth cadre may bear negative fruits when applied to adults.

 

The Public Education component is mandated by the Act to disseminate information on the evil and dangerous effects of corrupt practices on the society and to rally for public support towards the fight against corruption in Swaziland. It is aimed at promoting better public understanding of corruption and encouraging society as a whole to take positive action against such practices. 

 Education has been carried out in various Sectors including; 

 
Name of sector
Public institutions
Private institutions (Town Boards, Parastatals and NGO’s)
Communities (Sensitisations Buchopho)
Media (TV+ Radio shows =25, radio messages = 198 newspaper colums in Times and Vuka Ngwane = 20, Newspaper messages = 12
Schools, Training and Education Inst (Simper, Schools & Colleges)

 Incorporation of Corruption Issues in School Curriculum

 In the Government Programme of Action 2009-2013, special emphasis to fraud and corruption is prioritised as one of the top ten (10) priorities of government that the subject should be incorporated in the Primary schools curriculum. This will ensure that children learn at the earliest possible age of the evil and perils of a corrupt and fraudulent way of life. There has been close collaboration with the National Curriculum Centre, a statutory body tasked with the function of initiating, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating all issues pertaining to content selected to be taught in schools around the country. A school curriculum was drawn up and will be pretested in the next financial year. Communication materials that were developed with the Curriculum Centre were printed and a poster specifically developed for schools was also printed.

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