Fondation Chirezi with the financial support of Integrity Action conduct activities in secondary schools focusing on the young people between the ages of 15-20.
FOCHI have set up integrity Clubs in 100 secondary school in Democratic Republic of the Congo and engaged 1800 students aimed to advocate integrity and good governance in schools and in community as a whole. It also allow student to influencing their peers and theirs communities to do what is right.
The Integrity clubs are led by a patron (Civic and Moral Education’s Teacher) who is seconded by an elected student to lead the club. The teacher uses the Integrity Club Manual outlined by Integrity Action with the intention of assisting them for capacity-building of students and imparting them training in a systematic manner that follow the process and steps of the community integrity building .
The Integrity Education textbook earlier designed by Fondation Chirezi serves as a reference for facilitators; however they are at liberty to use different teaching and training methods to cope with the requirements of the target groups.
The Integrity Club is used to:
- encouraging student to act with and demand integrity among peers and community;
- monitor and improve the quality of services, facilities or projects;
- Strengthen citizen voice and community empowerment – the reason for the community focus;
- improve feedback and accountability loops between providers and users;
- to assess information or generate data on development activities being carried out at the local community level.
Integrity Club is targeted around specific projects and services local health centres, local schools and projects that have a specific target community.
For the past 3 months, 46 integrity clubs have been able to monitors 46 infrastrictures projects and discover 17 problems which was rectified after the students took up the issue with the executing agency.
(1) “An Integrity Monitor is a student leader elected democratically by students who is trained and equipped with the requisite skills, knowledge and attitude and who is willing to take on a role as a champion of integrity in school environment and in community as whole.