18 Jan 2012

Integrity Clubs Raise Awareness Among Students in India

The Central Vigilance Commission, an anti-corruption government institution in India, has called on schools associated with the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to found student integrity clubs, with the objective of raising awareness among students about the need to fight corruption.

The Commission’s efforts to implement this project follows a successful pilot run in New Delhi. According to Gerry Arathoon, secretary at CISCE, the initiative is based on an idea to establish co-curricular activities that promote moral and anti-corruption values among students. Participants in the clubs should engage in activities such as visiting government offices and encouraging individuals to say no to corruption.

Many schools have welcomed the initiative and some have already engaged in activities, such as debates and discussion groups, to sensitize students about corruption and keep them informed about a debate that has gained much strength in India in the last year.

Read the article “Students turn anti-corruption champions” on dnaindia.com. The picture featured above is from bbc.co.uk and is credited to Prashant Ravi.