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UNDP offers anti-corruption training for secondary and tertiary students

By Benjamin Flowers

High school and tertiary level students country wide will be getting lessons on anti-corruption measures during the months of November and December, through a new project hosted by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP).

UNDP, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Attorney General Ministry of Belize is carrying out a series of talks, essay contests, television appearances and a national symposium, as a part of the activities leading up to World Anti-Corruption Day on December 9.

Earlier this month, UNDP Belize deployed a team to visit in cooperation with UNODC. The team has already visited the University of Belize in Belmopan, Galen University, Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College, and Corozal Junior College.

The team is preparing to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic High School in Belmopan and Muffles Junior College in Orange Walk in the upcoming weeks. During the discussions, the team will impart information on the nature and definition of corruption, the causes of corruption and strategies to fight it, as well as the basics of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

“In addition, students will engage in an eLearning module developed by the United Nations, which will allow students who successfully finish to receive an official UNODC Certificate of Completion,” the Government of Belize said this week.

Last year on International Anti-Corruption Day last year, December 9, Belize became the 182nd country to sign on to the UNCAC. The UNDP sensitaization tour forms a part of the UNCAC implementation process.

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