Launch of Iraq’s First Anti-Corruption Curricula for Primary and Secondary Schools

Baghdad, 27 May 2013 (UNDP) – The Ministry of Education has today launched new curricula for both primary and secondary schools in Iraq. The aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the concepts of integrity, transparency, human rights and honesty.

The new curricula were designed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). This innovative new initiative is the first of its kind to be introduced in Iraq. “With these curricula, important values will be instilled into Iraq’s next generation,” said Jacqueline Badcock, UNDP’s Resident Representative. “Corruption is a problem that continues to plague the country,” she added. Iraq was ranked the 8th most corrupt country in the world in 2012 according to Transparency International, and corruption continues to halt Iraq’s development prospects despite an abundance of resources.

The curricula increase students’ understanding of ethical issues through practical, real-life examples and guided discussions. The topics will be integrated into the children’s core subjects by their teachers. The initiative will incorporate lessons on building respect and respect for others, and is based on international best practices in line with the UN Convention Against Corruption, to which Iraq is a signatory.

The curricula are designed to nurture a generation which values integrity, transparency and honesty. The Anti-Corruption curricula will be introduced into Ministry of Education schools during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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