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ACC formalizes partnership with Children’s Forum Network

ACC formalizes partnership with Children’s Forum Network

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) North has on Thursday 15th September 2011 officially formalized partnership with the Makeni Branch of Children’s Forum Network (CFN).  (Photo: Members of Children’s Forum Network at the meeting)

Speaking at the official ceremony at the Commission’s Regional office Mena Hills, ACC’s Regional Manager, Mr. Patrick Sandi on behalf of the Commissioner and the Commission officially welcomed CFN as partners. He emphasised that one of the core values of the Commission is coalition building and partnership and applauded CFN for their determination to partner with the Commission in the fight against corruption. The Regional Manager noted that the ACC alone cannot fight against corruption in Sierra Leone and therefore requires strong partnership from the public. He highlighted various ways through which members of the Network can partner with the Commission among which is outreach campaigns in their respective schools.

Cross section of members of CFN and ACC staff

Stressing the need for partnership, ACC’s Public Education Officer Mrs. Fatmata Finda Bangura said the mission of the Commission is leading the fight against corruption through public education, prevention, enforcement and compliance for the benefit of all citizens. She told members of the Network that ACC recognized the importance of children in the fight against corruption that is why it has established integrity clubs in twenty seven secondary schools across the country. She said it is the desire of the Commission to see the next generation of Sierra Leoneans that are free from corruption that is why it is also targeting children.

Mrs. Bangura noted that apart from having a significant percentage of the general population, children are seen as the next generation of employees in the country’s work force. She observed that children are good imitators of their peers. Therefore, good characters and high moral standing exhibited by members of the Network will be emulated by others within their schools as well as exported to other schools within their community and the region at large.

Giving a brief background of the organization, Vice President of Children’s Forum Network, Mohamed Maxwell said it is a child to child advocacy network established by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs in 2000 in order to serve as the voice for children in Sierra Leone but came into force in Makeni in 2002.  He said CFN has realized the need to partner with ACC in the fight against corruption. The Vice President called on the ACC to encourage and empower the Network so that they can engage in massive sensitization campaigns against corrupt practices in schools, government offices, vocational institutions and public places.  He assured the Commission of the organization’s commitment in the fight against corruption.

In his statement, Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay on behalf of the Commission appreciated members of the Network for their desire to partner with the Commission. He assured them of the Commission’s fullest support in their drive towards fighting corruption.

The meeting ended with a short drama performance by members of CFN depicting corruption in the education sector.

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