Government has ‘heightened’ the fight against corruption through the provision of Braille material to 220 visually impaired learners and young people.
Keeping in line with the social inclusion policy, the Ministry of Education and Skills Development produced 100 anti-corruption Braille materials and 400 posters among other things. These were handed over to 125 primary schools. Up to 65 students in secondary schools were given materials while 30 from vocational training institutions benefited.
Handing over the materials at Pudulugong Rehabilitation Centre in Mochudi this week, the Assistant Minister of Education, Moiseraele Goya said while the country has made significant efforts on the economic side, corruption continued to threaten all the gains. As a result, the nation could not afford to rest on its laurels, he said.
“It is therefore imperative that the crusade against corruption should involve a coalition of forces and I have no doubt that widening dissemination of information on the evils of corruption to previously marginalised sections of our people will promote acceptable, ethical conduct and consequently reverse the spread of corruption,” Goya said.
He added that his ministry’s anti-corruption unit had established corruption prevention structures in regional offices and departments through which employees were constantly sensitised about corruption and its corrosive effect on the economy of the country.
“The provision of anti corruption Braille materials and posters in sign language ensuring that the blind and deaf have access to critical information is a step in the right direction,” he said.
To ensure continues implementation of inclusive education policy to achieve the goal of education for all by providing educational opportunities for previously un-served disabled learners, the department of special support services was set up in 2012 to ensure that disabled learners enjoy the same opportunities as others.
The following institutions were the beneficiaries of the anti- corruption Braille materials; Matsieng Primary School in Mochudi, Phatlhogo Primary School in Francistown, Linchwe Junior Secondary School in Mochudi, Molefi Senior Secondary School in Mochudi, Boyei Primary School in Maun, Francistown Centre for Deaf Education, Ramotswa Centre for Deaf Education, Tashata Junior Secondary School in Tati Siding, Maun Senior Secondary School, Mochudi Resource, Lephoi Centre for learners with vision impairments, Pudulogong Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind, Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted and Botswana Association of the Deaf.