ANTI-CORRUPTION TARGET OF FIJI NGO CAMPAIGN

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Transparency International encourages youth to fight corruption

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 30, 2009) - Transparency International Fiji concluded their week-long awareness program at Albert Park yesterday.

TI program officer Zena Sherani said an awareness tent was set up at the grounds during the Miss South Pacific Pageant to promote zero culture of corruption in society.

"Transparency International Fiji is a watchdog against corruption," she said.

"Some of our values that we advocate for include transparency, integrity, justice, equality, accountability, courage, democracy and having a peaceful and stable Fiji.

"During the awareness program at Albert Park, we targeted youths. The whole purpose of this was to encourage them on how they can be involved in the fight against corrupt behaviour."

Ms. Sherani said values taught at home, in schools, in the community or church could be utilized in a manner that allowed youths to know appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.

"The awareness program has been positive. We had a lot of students from different schools learning about civic awareness, their rights and responsibilities of being good citizens of their country," she said.

She said the awareness campaign provided the public with the opportunity to get free legal advice on how to report corruption.

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