Civic education can weed corruption, says inspector

Highlands

THE school-based civic education (SBCE) project developed by Transparency International PNG has been a missing link in the teaching curriculum, a schools inspector says.
Senor inspector for Western Highlands Esley Tikil said the country would not have corruption and attitude problems common today, if civic education was incorporated into the curriculum.
“Civic education is needed in this country. It has been missing in the teaching curriculum,” Tikil said.
He reiterated that though there were moral lessons taught in some teacher resource books in schools, that was not enough and suggested that civic education must be incorporated into teacher training.
“When teachers leave colleges and come out, they will teach civic education to their students,” he said.
“They will educate the young people to become good citizens with moral and ethical thinking who will do the right things.”
Tikil thanked TIPNG for training senior teachers and inspectors in Western Highlands.
SBCE project manager Mary Udu said the project targeted lower secondary and upper primary school teachers, colleges, police training schools and vocational schools.
The materials developed are:

  • Civic education teacher resource book – containing lesson plans, democracy, human rights and how government works;
  • background readings for teachers;
  • large picture story books for teachers to read to school students;
  • the book on corruption fighting heroes which contains short stories of corruption fighters in PNG;
  • large posters on civic concepts such as conflict of interest, citizens’ rights;
  • phone applications for users to engage in ethical rationing games;
  • training workshops; and,
  • DVDs on civic education concepts.

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