Four orientation programmes for college students were held at Hetauda in Makwanpur district from 12 to 13 November 2017.
As part of Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Anti-Corruption Efforts (STREAC) project, the programme was organized by Centre for Media Freedom (CMF) in collaboration with consortium partners Development Communication Society Nepal (SODEC) and Nepal Center for Contemporary Research (NCCR) and with support from Governance Facility.
More than 500 students studying in Bachelor and Higher Secondary Level took part in half-day programmes in three venues. Students from Makwanpur Multiple College, Hetauda Multiple College and Institute of Forestry were oriented by experts in governance.
The students were provided with educational materials, reference resources and informative kits on anti-corruption and accountability. They were also shown enter-educative TV programme “Seedha Baato” prepared by comedian Jitu Nepal and his team.
Prof. Rama Krishna Regmee, who has conducted many independent research projects on anti-corruption and is a seasoned media professional and instructor, gave power point presentations about definition, types and impacts of corruption and students’ role in combating graft.
Similarly, Senior Journalist Mr. Tanka Panta informed students about Right to Information and the method to use it to fight corruption.
At Makwanpur Multiple College, Mr. Teertha Upadhyaya, Section Officer at Chief of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority in Makwanpur district, gave a comprehensive presentation of corruption and requested students to report any corrupt activities to his office.
Another resource person Mr. Rajendra Phuyal who is Senior Correspondent at Kantipur daily gave a presentation on possible corruption at local level in Nepal and the role students can play in combating it.
The students had intense interaction with experts during the orientation programme. Students in all the programmes enjoyed the enter-educative TV programme as well as experts’ presentations.
In the course of the programme, pre-test and post-test questionnaires were administered to students before and after the orientation to gauge their knowledge level of anti-corruption.
At the end of the programme, students in Hetauda Multiple College initiated their engagement against corruption. To that end, they formed a loose alliance to carry out different activities on anti-corruption measures like essay writing, debates and awareness campaigns among others.
Published on 15 November 2017