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  • Global Challenges

    Workshop: Achieving quality education for all by 2015 – How to curb corruption effectively?

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    Coordinator: Samuel De Jaegere – Policy Analyst Anti-Corruption – UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre

    Despite much progress in the past decade, millions of children, youth and adults still lack access to good quality education and the benefits it brings. As highlighted by UNESCO in its Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2009, good governance matters for education. Unlike the wealthy, who can opt for private provision, poor households depend on governments to deliver education services. When those services are of poor quality, inaccessible or unaffordable, it is the poor who lose. When resources do not reach schools, or when schools levy unauthorized fees, it is the poor households who suffer the most, as they are the least able to pay.

    As a result of bad governance, many parents and communities face education provision that is unresponsive to their needs and ineffective in raising learning achievements. Corruption leaves communities and regions with children sitting in classrooms lacking basic teaching materials, and supervised by unqualified teachers. In some cases, grand corruption results in financial resources being pocketed and funds allocated to schools not arriving. These corrupt practices in education sector affect the whole of society. But invariably it is the poor who bear the brunt.

    Transparency International’s recent report “The anti-corruption catalyst: Realising the MDGs by 2015” has further underscored a clear correlation between increased corruption and the reduced quality and quantity of education in a country. Data from 42 countries suggests that the increased practice of paying bribes is associated with a lower literacy rate among 15 to 24 year olds (one of the indicators used for tracking progress on education – MDG2).

    This workshop will take an in-depth look at both grand and petty corruption in the education sector and its negative impact. The workshop will highlight successful policies and programmes in combating corruption in the education sector by promoting accountability, transparency and integrity. The workshop will bring together international and national experts with practical field experience. Specifically, the panelists will present experiences from Ghana, Mongolia, the Philippines, Romania and Vietnam.

    Moderator: Jairo Acuna – Senior Policy Advisor on Public Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption – UNDP Vietnam

    Rapporteur: Marc Schanck – Programme Officer – Governance Cluster – UNDP Vietnam


    Chua Cher Yak – Former Director Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore

    Sinziana Elena Poiana – Coordinator of the Coalition for Clean Universities – Romanian Academic Society

    Joy Aceron – Director Government Watch (G-Watch) / Director Centre of Social Policy – Ateneo School of Government – Manila University – Philippines

    Vitus A. Azeem – Executive Secretary – Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) – Africa Education Watch Program

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