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Project PREVENTING CORRUPTION THROUGH EDUCATION, INFORMATION and CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING

Component I - Preparation of the anti-corruption education course for higher schools
 


PROJECT NUMBER: LIT/01/010

DURATION: 2003-2004

PROJECT SUPPORTED BY:
United Nations Development Programme
Government of the Republic of Lithuania

PROJECT COORDINATOR:
Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania

COORDINATOR OF COMPONENT:
Modern Didactics Center, Lithuania

PARTNERS OF THE COMPONENT:
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania
Lithuanian universities

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
The fight against corruption may be effective when preventive, punitive and educational measures are combined. Therefore in the Lithuania National Anti-Corruption Programme (adopted by the Seimas on 17 January 2002, No. IX-711) and the Lithuania Law on Corruption Prevention (adopted by the Seimas on 28 May 2002, No. IX-904) major emphasis is placed on the prevention of corruption and public education.
The National Anti-Corruption Programme prospects: 8.2.4. developing and applying anti-corruption curricula in comprehensive schools and higher education colleges. Special anti-corruption curricula should be carried out at universities and colleges that offer specialities most prone to corruption. The anti-corruption education should become an inseparable part of the public education system.
The Law on Corruption Prevention states: 10.2. Anti-corruption education of the public shall be carried out at the educational institutions of all types and levels in accordance with the corresponding educational programmes, through the media and other means.

To implement the said measures Special Investigation Service carried out the PHARE project "Building Integrity and Raising Anti-Corruption Awareness" (No. LI9913.02.06) in 2002 and in close co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science has drafted methodological recommendations for the preparation of the anti-corruption education course for secondary schools. Projects of Modern Didactics Center "Education against Corruption" (2002-2003) and "Development and Dissemination of Educational Anticorruption Programmes" (2004) was also orientated towards secondary education curriculum.

These initiatives did not cover higher education establishments. Therefore, an important target group in public education was missed, namely university students who after all will be the next generation of Lithuania civil servants.

AIMS OF THE COMPONENT:

  • To contribute to the formation of civil society by raising young people anti-corruption attitudes.
  • To pursue anti-corruption education of youth by developing and implementing anti-corruption education programmes in higher schools.
  • To spared information about corruption and its prevention.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COMPONENT:

  • To develop and test modules of anti-corruption education for higher schools study programmes.
  • To integrate modules of anti-corruption education to higher schools curriculum.

EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS OF THE COMPONENT:
Arturas PALIUSIS, Special Investigation Service
Aida MARTINKENIENE, Special Investigation Service
Audrone OPULSKYTE, Ministry of Education and Science
Aleksandras DOBRYNINAS, Transparency International-Lithuanian Chapter
dr.Vaiva VAICEKAUSKIENE, Education Development Centre
Alma KAROSAITE, Customs Education Centre

AUTHORS OF ANTI-CORRUPTION PROGRAMMES AND COURSES:
doc.dr. Arunas POVILIUNAS (Vilnius University, Sociology)
Corruption as Sociology of Deviation Approach. Integrated module into the course “Sociology of Deviation”

Vitalija SKERUVIENE (Kaunas College, Law)
Corruption as an Object of the Law. Integrated module into the course "Business Law"

Gintare SATIENE (Siauliai University, Public Administration)
Corruption and Anti-Corruption Policy. Optional course
Integrated module into the course "Business Law"
Corruption and the Law. Integrated module into the course "Fundamentals of the Law"

dr. Tadas TAMOSIUNAS (Vilnius Pedagogical University, Sociology)
Corruption as Form of Deviation. Integrated programme into the course "Social Organization"
Corruption and it's Prevention. Optional course

Vaiva ZUZAVICIUTE (Vytautas Magnus University, Educology)
Personal Interests and Advocacy. Integrated programme into the course "Life Long Learning Strategies”

dr. Romas PRAKAPAS (Vilnius Pedagogical University, Educology)
Corruption as a Moral Problem in Codes of Ethics. Lecture for the course "Professional Ethics"

RESULTS OF THE COMPONENT:

  • A long-term basis for anti-corruption consciousness-raising through education of the youth established.
  • Integrated and optional anti-corruption education courses for higher schools curriculum developed.
  • Set of methodical materials for lecturers and students "Anti-Corruption Education at Higher Schools" prepared and published.
  • Sociological survey "Corruption at Lithuania Higher Schools: Views, Problems and Ways of Solution" performed.

Corruption at Higher Schools : Views, Problems, Ways of Solution. - Vilnius : Garnelis, 2005.

This is a methodical publication for higher education lecturers and students. It presents programmes of integrated and optional courses, extended plans of lectures. It demonstrates  possibilities of anti-corruption education at social sciences curriculum. Presented materials are prepared by project participants according their higher school requirements and particularity of teaching subject.
Readers of this publication could use prepared programmes, they also will find additional information about  the phenomena of corruption, it's outspread in Lithuania and other countries, corruption appearance in the system of higher education, Lithuania universities lecturers' and students' viewpoints to corruption. At the end of the publication vocabulary of main terms and concepts is presented. 

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