Anti-corruption Education for High School Students

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Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje in the period between January 2019 and December 2020 will implement the project “Anti-corruption Education for High School Students” funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in North Macedonia.

The project will raise the awareness of the youth for the corruption, will strengthen their knowledge on corruption, the forms of corruption and the skills available for fight against corruption. Alongside with IDSCS, the State Commission for prevention of Corruption will be a partner for co-implementation in the preparation of the action plan, project materials and advocating the policy chances.

The acceptance rate of corruption in North Macedonia suggests that the society considers corruption as a normal practice. According to the latest corruption assessment report in Macedonia, 69% of young people aged 18 to 29 years would readily give a bribe to get a job done. Moreover, research shows that the ability to recognize corruption is low in North Macedonia. An estimated 174,000 citizens of North Macedonia (11% from the survey) have low level of ability to recognize corruption, while 442,000 (28%) have moderate ability.

Corruption is a constant occurrence in the everyday life of the citizens of North Macedonia. Many young people do not question the current situation, thus contribute to the reproduction of the same political culture that accepts corruption as a normal phenomenon. Moreover, the lack of a general knowledge of corruption, its forms and what tools for fighting corruption can be used, makes young people more vulnerable to corruption and less likely to know what to do against it.

Hence, it is extremely important through the formal educational process to transfer content and values that will strengthen the resistance to corruption in young people, who have yet to take part in social transactions as adults. In the interests of making society less tolerant of corruption, it is crucial to equip high school students with the necessary knowledge about what corruption is and what anti-corruption tools are available to them. Through education on corruption and anti-corruption tools, young people will be able to recognize corruption and report corruption.

Project Objective: The main goal of the project is to raise awareness of the youth about corruption, strengthen their knowledge on corruption, forms of corruption and anti-corruption tools, as well as strengthening their knowledge about the importance of building personal integrity.

Project Duration: January 2019 – December 2020

Approved Funds: 3.864.904 MKD

Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in North Macedonia

Partners: State Commission for prevention of Corruption, Ministry of Education and Science, Bureau for Development of Education

Expected Results:

  • High school teachers equipped with knowledge and skills on the topic of corruption, its forms and anticorruption tools, able to transfer their knowledge to their peers and the next generation of students;
  • Increased knowledge of high school students on integrity building and corruption, its forms and anti-corruption tools;
  • Improved policy framework for anti-corruption education.

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