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Integrity among youth key to cutting corruption

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) and the National Integrity Action (NIA) have partnered to develop a training programme that will foster a culture of integrity among Jamaican youth.

Lead instructor Ivan Coore, during the launch of the 'Strengthening a Culture of Integrity' project last week

at WROC headquarters at 47 Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew, said that integrity is fostered by an individual's decision to do right and encouraging others to do the same.

"Stomping out corruption begins with each individual," Coore said.

"Our aim is to try to get them to have a different perspective. They are accepting things they have come and seen, irrespective of if it is good, bad, indifferent, good for them, dangerous for them, they just accept it and that is what breeds the culture of corruption," he said

Dr Patrece Charles, NIA's deputy executive director, used some of her life experience to persuade participants to step out of their comfort zones and not settle for "just getting by".

She said that persons should nurture integrity rather than look to some norms of society, such as being in gangs or taking bribes in order to survive on a daily basis.


Peer pressure


While imparting some words of encouragement, Charles also urged persons to steer away from peer pressure.

"People see your success before you can see it yourself," the deputy executive director said, as she told participants not to be discouraged when others try to push them off the path to success.

The education and life skills training project will benefit 50 applicants between the ages of 17 and 40. Participants will receive training in mathematics, English and social studies, and they will attend sessions for personal development.

- Bria King