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Morocco fights corruption through education

By Siham Ali for Magharebia in Rabat – 17/07/11

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The Moroccan education ministry and the kingdom's main corruption watchdog body are working together on plans to integrate ethics into school curricula.

The Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption (ICPC) and the education ministry signed an agreement on July 11th that establishes a framework for co-operation to drive home the issue through education.

Authorities also plan a national competition to encourage students to participate in anti-corruption measures.

The aim of the partnership with the ICPC is to instil positive values in pupils at the heart of Moroccan society, using new strategies and improved educational programmes, Education Minister Ahmed Akhchichine said. There was a general conviction that negative behaviour could not be changed without some kind of educational plan, he said.

Akhchichine said there would be a new contract between schools and society, adding that educational institutions have a key role to play in the fight against corruption by engaging in debate and dialogue with the upcoming generation.

Education encourages the emergence of a generation that is capable of fighting corruption and restoring the principles of integrity and accountability, ICPC chairman Abdesselam Aboudrar said. He explained that his organisation would offer citizenship education based on the values of transparency, responsibility and ethics.

Sociologist Yousra Jemali lauded the initiative, saying Morocco's corruption problem was firmly embedded in people's thinking and attitudes. The idea, she said, will be to work with schools to correct a number of misguided attitudes, such as the readiness to accept blackmailing by state officials in order to receive administrative documents.

"Moroccans tend to camouflage corruption by using other words, such as 'gift' or 'tadouira'. Schools are being asked to change that notion," Jemali said.

The culture of blackmailing must be stamped out from an early age and children must be steeped in positive values based on integrity and honesty, teacher Souhaila Bouchtoui said. She added that adults must give a concrete demonstration of corruption's negative repercussions on the country's development.

Results from the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer showed that the problem was widespread in Morocco, extending from institutions to the public at large. A third of the heads of households surveyed admitted to handing over bribes when using public services.

In the most recent report from Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, Morocco was in 85th position out of 178 countries. The judicial system and civil service were the most corrupt institutions, followed by the police service, according to the organisation.

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    soraya 2011-11-14

    We know that there is corruption in the courts, the police and so on. The problem is that all of these people have impunity either thanks to their powerful friends or thanks to the laws that their powerful friends put into force. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! The institutions are corruption and its mechanisms.


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    m'hammad 2011-7-31

    If these officials want to stop corruption, it is not the people and their children who need to be educated, but the officials themselves. The people are fully aware that demanding bribes to do your job, embezzling money that was intended for the public good and so on are wrong. But asking the people to stop paying these bribes is stupid if there is no way to report these criminals and to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are judged and sentenced. The people have no choice but to pay these bribes if they want to live. How does a café owner refuse to pay an official who can shut down his café? Is the café owner supposed to wait without an income for a trial that will never happen? Or what about someone who wants to buy an apartment, what should he do when, after he has paid the deposit for the apartment, the agent says he should pay another 50,000 dirhams? We know that there is corruption in the courts, the police and so on. The problem is that all of these people have impunity either thanks to their powerful friends or thanks to the laws their powerful friends put into effect.


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    Yidir 2011-7-22

    hahhaha funny stuff...even childern don't need to be told that they should not give money to strangers just like that....its the hands of the criminal official mobs that need to be choped. We need to be educated in sciences and English that is what we need!!!


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    hafido 2011-7-20

    I would like to thank Anonymous and to say that the school directors need to be subjected to brainwashing first and foremost. This is because every day I see how the school directors steal all the aid that could be going to the students. I witnessed these things with my own eyes. They are all corrupt, from the smallest police officer all the way to our king Momo. So, what do you want to denounce and to whom will you denounce it? Thank you again, Anonymous. This is completely true. I think the same thing. It is time for Moroccans to wake up. –Thank you


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    marocaine 2011-7-19

    It is very important to address the issue of reform for our own good. Thank you very much. But I think that education makes up a small part of this social reform project, representing only 10% of it. You still have a lot of people to integrate in order to make all of the public aware, starting with our leaders at the highest levels and adopting laws that equally penalise everyone and do not deprive some to the detriment of others.


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    أوباها حسين 2011-7-18

    Corruption is deeply-rooted amongst humanity since the beginning of creation. Adam transgressed and ate the apple. The descent of prophets didn’t change anything in the souls of humans. Everything that was said in divine books including corruption won’t disappear no matter how you study and protest. Qur’an mentioned forms of corruption, adultery, usury, cheating in the balance, taking money of people by fraud, killing, wasting rights of orphans, the poor and other forms of corruption. By the way, Qur’an was inspired, if corruption disappears, what will be the situation of the Holy Qur’an? Arms, security, inspectors, gendarmerie, customs, servants in the public and private sector cannot eliminate corruption. What reduces corruption is the mercy of God, fear, weak audacity. As for the rest, it is absolute freedom of corruption. However, the most important thing in the development of society is global and wide economy in which humans act following their nature and technology which erases violations. Develop the country and its mechanics! Let corruption for those who want it or reject it! we shouldn’t forget that poverty is borne by nature with its catastrophes in birth and public life??


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    BEN 2011-7-18

    It seems a priority to shut down the kindergartens and schools as part of the campaign against traffic accidents through prevention and education in order avoid something sinister that would be a tragedy for hundreds of families instead of introducing corruption into pedagogical programmes reserved for young minds to make them aware of this evil, which affects other areas far from their principal concern, which is to learn to read and write first instead of helping them to change their outlook on society in general or their families in particular. These young people are also solicited to test vaccines, medicines and so on without permission for their parents. This dangerous abuse makes me wonder if they are students or laboratory objects.


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    Anonymous 2011-7-17

    I will not dispute Transparency International’s conclusion. In Morocco, the judicial system and the civil services are perceived as the most corrupt institutions, followed by the police. I would only add that the corruption comes from the head of state, which set up the most recent masquerade in this bogus referendum. Deceit with such impudence by proposing illiterate people a text from experts and then forcing them like sheep to the ballot to harvest their “yes” votes is the height of corruption. In order to fight against corruption with education, you have to first educate the corrupt people who had this idea. In fact, they are flipping the situation on its head by claiming the corruption comes from the people. This is too easy. Of course, corrupt has spread throughout the body of Moroccan society, but who injected the virus of corruption in this body if not the state itself?