Pupils and teachers discussed solutions to break the corruption chain in the education system
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9 December 2014

On December 9, the International Anticorruption Day which is marked annually on December 9, young people and teachers from 22 high-schools from the Republic of Moldova got together in Chisinau to identify ways of fighting negative phenomena that generate corruption in schools, such as informal payments, favoritism, plagiarism, cheating, and absenteeism. Assisted by several youth and students’ organizations – the National Youth Council, the Y-Peer Network, the Foundation for Advancement of Moldova, they used innovative tools such as thematic games, social theater and others to formulate their ideas and solutions on fighting corruption in the education system.


During the event, Minister of Education, Maia Sandu and the UN Resident Coordinator Nicola Harrington-Buhay participated in the flash-mob “Break the corruption chain” which is part of a global anticorruption campaign which focuses on the negative impact of corruption on democracy and the rule of law, quality of life and economic development, allowing organized crime and other threats to human security to thrive.


According to the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer 2013 conducted by Transparency International, 58 % of Moldovans consider the education system being corrupt or extremely corrupt.


"Fighting corruption in the education system depends on the morality of each one of us. Only weak people use easy ways to get around, strong people choose to make sustainable things. I urge you to build together a better society, by refusing to cheat and get involved more actively in the school and community life”, said Maia Sandu, Minister of Education, who received an envelope from the participants with proposals on how to stop corruption in the school.


As part of the 2020 Education Strategy, the Ministry of Education started the modernization of the national curriculum of general high-school education to ensure that acquired competences are relevant for further life.With the support of the Social Innovation Lab- MiLab, a platform created by UNDP and E-Governance Center, the Ministry of Education and Moldcell, the Challenge «Modern School” encourages young people, their parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and anyone who has creative ideas to answer the following question: “How could we ensure that school develops key competences applicable in post-school life?”

"UN programmes in Moldova involve youth as peer leaders, advocates, confidence builders, and co-producers of development. We are committed to intensifying our engagement with you and your peers to help you to deliver “the Future you want” for Moldova", said Nicola Harrington - Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova.

The International Anticorruption Day is marked globally since 2003. From 2009, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) joined forced to promote the campaign at the global level and to urge governments, private and non-private sectors, media and citizens around the world to act against corruption.

For additional information, please contact Tatiana Solonari, Communication Consultant/JILDP at: tatiana.solonari@undp.org, tel: 022-820-840, 069377215

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