62 boys and girls from Bondeni Primary School graduated from VAP’s Anti-Corruption program in July. This was the third graduation since the program’s inception, bringing the total number of participants to 250.
Over four months, the youngsters benefited from 10 anti-corruption intervention sessions.
Stephen Ndungu, Head Teacher at Bondeni Primary School, says, “I really appreciate the information that VAP has given to our kids bearing in minds that these youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Secondly these youth come from the slum making them more vulnerable to exploitation. They might end up growing up knowing that corruption is a normal way of life.”
He continues, “We all know what corruption has done to our country but with this kind of training and enlightenment we can rest assured that we are grooming future leaders with great integrity.with this kind of training and enlightenment, we can rest assured that we are grooming future leaders with great integrity.”
VAP's FIRST 2 WAY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER
On 1st October, VAP welcomed its first volunteer from 2 Way Development, a UK-based organisation specialising in placing skilled volunteers with overseas charities.
28-year-old Hannah Adam from the UK has five years experience in marketing, public relations and business development and will be focusing on fundraising, communications and staff training . She will also conduct a research project to gather insight into how VAP’s programs can be further developed. Hannah will be with VAP for at least four months.
It is anticipated that 2 Way Development will provide VAP with many more volunteers over the comings years. This access to skilled, long-term volunteers will enable VAP to strengthen its internal structure, staff capacity and the delivery of its service.
A total of 156 students from Bondeni primary school became the second batch of Anti-corruption graduates after Grasam high school. The program uses football to teach anti-corruption values to youth aged 12-20 years and it’s being implemented by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders (ACC).Graduate students are expected to teach their peers and community through formal and informal educational sessions. The introduction of the program at Bondeni school was received with lots of excitement both from the teachers and students.
"We are so excited to have the program in this school and we believe that this has really shaped the minds of our future leaders with integrity skills." Said Mr. Francis Mwanzo,the head teacher of Bondeni school." The program has really impacted my life and I look forward to sharing the knowledge with my peers. With the integrity knowledge that I got, we can make this country a better place to live and be great leaders."Said Daniel Mutio grade 4 student at Bondeni primary school.
During the graduation, Bondeni school had invited the principal of Mcedo primary school (a neighbor school) as a guest who expressed the interest of having the program in his school."Am so touched with this program and I would like to invite you to work with my school." Said the principal.
After the graduation of Mcedo,VAP's Anti corruption crusaders will be taking the Anti-corruption program to Mcedo primary school. Mcedo is a school centered in the middle of Mathare slum which has a population of 300,000 people faced with a myriad of challenges both social and economic."We are looking forward to working with Mcedo and hope to learn alot from each other and We would as well like to thank each and every person for their generous contribution towards`the support of our program.." Said Charles Otieno,VAP's program officer.
Inspired by VAP’s innovative and successful Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS prevention program that graduated over 300 student participants from Bondeni primary school, the school’s sports teacher Mr.Tomothy requested to have Show corruption”Redcard”program in his school. Show corruption”Redcard” program which is a new program with Vijana Amani Pamoja and only implemented at Grasam High school and graduated 200 students seems to be so much in demand.
Currently over 200 student participants from Bondeni primary school are taking part in the Show corruption ‘Redcard’ program. According to the pre surveys (a sheet of 1 up to 10 questionnaire that gauge the attitude and knowledge of students regarding corruption) conducted by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders(ACC) majority of students indicted that they are well aware of what’s is corruption and it’s causes..
During day one, students filled in the pre-surveys and were taken through the basic information about corruption and its causes.”This is a unique project that is very important to our kids, since they are the future leaders.” Said Mr. Kamau, deputy head teacher at Bondeni School. This exercise not only included the students, but it also included teachers of the participants who were also eager to learn and participate in the program.”Am looking forward to be a great leader of integrity and Show corruption ‘Redcard’ a one of the key programs that will push me to achieving my dreams “Said 14 year old Janet Nyambura.
Since the inception of Kick-Out corruption program last year, students from Grasam high became the first graduates of VAP’s new program. The program uses football to teach anti-corruption values to youth aged 12-20 years and it’s being implemented by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders (ACC).A total of 200 students graduated through the program and are expected to teach their peers and community through formal and informal educational sessions.
Survey evidence indicates direct correlation between income levels and incidences of bribery encountered.
The Kenya Urban Bribery Index results indicate that those with low-income are more vulnerable to corruption than those with higher income levels. Those on the lowest income reported a 74.4% incidence of bribery encountered and those on the highest income reported a 61.9% incidence. Similar comparisons exist for other social-economic categories, such as, for example, education and employment. The findings indicate that those likely to be poor (i.e. unemployed, those with low education, etc.) are more vulnerable to corruption than the better off socio-economic groups. Respondents with primary education and below encounter bribery in 75% of their interactions with public organisations, as compared to 67% for those with secondary school education and 63% for those with tertiary education. The unemployed encounter bribery the most (in 71% of their interactions), self- or family employees 68% of the time, the business and non-profit sector 61% of the time, and the public sector employees report encountering bribery in just over half (52%) of their interactions, significantly lower than all the other groups.
Corruption affects the poor by diverting resources and holding back development.
A report by the African Union, presented before a meeting in Addis Ababa in September 2002, estimated that corruption costs African economies in excess of 148bn dollars a year. This figure, which includes both direct and indirect costs of corruption, i.e. resources diverted by corrupt acts and resources withheld or deterred due to the existence of corruption, is thought to represent 25% of Africa's GDP and to increase the cost of goods by as much as 20% deterring investment and holding back development. Most of the cost, the report says, falls on the poor. Through this soccer activity-based curriculum, young people in our society will be able to gain key messages that will help them stay and live corruption FREE lives hence having a developed nation.
Sources: Transparency International
Global corruption Barometer 2003
World Bank, voices of the poor programme
Kenya urban Bribery index
On 24th December 2011, VAP organized the first anti- corruption activity in the community with the youths of Rescue Dada children home. The initial agenda was to have a holiday treat socialize, have fun and teach the youth about the dangers of corruption through football based activities. A total of 100 youth from rescue dada centre and 5 VAP anti corruption crusaders (ACC) assembled together for this wonderful day.
It all started with introduction, followed by the anti-corruption game titled “Prosecution Game After the game the youth led by ACC gathered together and started to discuss the dangers of corruption and what would happen if the perpetrators were left to go scot free. It really generated a lot of discussion amongst the youth and how important it is to stop corruption right from the youth since the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The key message of the game was to let the youth learn that whenever one is caught up into corruption deals and is proved to be guilty, he/she should be prosecuted so as to stop the vice and act as a lesson to others who are practicing the vice.”If we start fighting corruption as early as our youth, then our future leadership would be great and free of corruption.”Said 14 years old Joseph Ngiza a program participant.
“I believe it is possible to stop corruption and since the youth are the foundation of a nation and future leaders, they are in a good position to stop completely. It is through awareness programs like this that can help erase corruption practices. Said Janet Mwambia,the Director of Rescue Dada centre. we thank you for your continous donations..
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