The cost of corruption is in education is high. Stolen resources from education budgets mean overcrowded classrooms and crumbling schools, or no schools at all. Books and supplies are sometimes sold instead of being given out freely. Schools and universities also ‘sell’ school places or charge unauthorized fees, forcing students to drop out. Teachers and lecturers are appointed through family connections, without qualifications. The end result is limited access to and poor quality of education.
Stepping up the fight against corruption in education is necessary not only to keep children in school and meet literacy and development goals, but also to ensure that the next generation is prepared to say no to corruption, and get skills and knowledge allow them to monitor and fix problems within public and education services and infrastructures.
Why Integrity Clubs in School?
Integrity Clubs sets out to inspire youth (future leaders) and invest in those who will be making public decisions in the near future. Established in Uvira in South-Kivu, the Integrity Clubs offer an intensive integrity building training for students aged 14 to 19 years old on the concepts of gender equality and social inclusion, civic empowerment, democracy, public monitoring, transparency and accountability and inspires trained students to stand up to monitor education and infrastructure services in their schools and communities and provide citizen-led oversight and feedback through “DevelopmentCheck”.
DevelopmentCheck is a reporting app and website that helps youth to engage directly with service providers and government to make sure the projects that are supposed to benefit them are delivered as promised.
When problems are encountered, citizens can report them quickly through the DevelopmentCheck app which are then published on the DevelopmentCheck website. This brings accountability to those service providers and encourages them to engage with the youth in order resolve problems in their delivery.