With the right support, young people can bring “a new culture of integrity” to all levels of society, PACE’s Culture Committee has said.
Approving a draft report by Eleonora Cimbro (Italy, SOC), the committee said educating young people from the earliest age – beginning in kindergarten – to stand up against corruption was central to success. It called for “integrity studies” in national school and university curricula, “including both the aspects of personal values and ethical behaviour and a human rights based approach”.
“The more young people take the lead, the more chance there is that anti-corruption policies will succeed,” the parliamentarians pointed out. Young people were more likely to be creative, innovative, forward-thinking and to make better use of modern technologies in combating corruption, they added.
The report will be debated by the full Assembly in due course.