Cameroon's Corruption Targeted by Education Program

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon, JAN. 25, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Catholic Church in Cameroon has initiated a program to teach students respect for the common good in an effort to combat the roots of corruption in this country.



Cameroon twice has been classified as the world's most corrupt country by Transparency International, noted the Catholic news agency DIA.

The program, which includes the 209 Catholic schools of the 23 dioceses of this western African nation, anticipates the involvement of more than 90,000 pupils.

"[By] way of the school we can reach the rest of society," the organizers of the initiative said in a statement. "The period of education is the time in life when children adopt values and attitudes which will influence their behavior as adults."

The Church campaign is being promoted in collaboration with the National Office for Catholic Education and the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services.