The BAK's activities in the field of education include anti-corruption events and anti-corruption workshops.
The BAK offers the Anti-Corruption Workshops for students to ensure the target-oriented and sustainable dissemination of corruption (prevention) contents. As many methods are used during the workshop, the students are encouraged to deal with the topics corruption, corruption prevention and promotion of integrity in a critical way. They should also work on these subjects on their own to a certain extent so they have as many light bulb moments as possible and can use what they have learnt in their everyday and professional life. In this way, sustainability is ensured and the students are encouraged to act with integrity.
The Anti-Corruption Workshops are held in the traditional school setting. During this training, the circle seating arrangement is preferred in order to facilitate a pleasant atmosphere giving scope for discussion and to ensure maximum involvement of the students.
In addition to these Workshops, the BAK offers an Anti-Corruption Event. The BAK developed the present concept of an Anti-Corruption Event in order to reach more students at the same time and to ensure sustainability in the dissemination of corruption prevention contents. There is a deliberate departure from the rather traditional age-homogenous school setting, meaning that the classroom doors will be opened and, if possible, the premises of the whole school will be used during the Anti-Corruption Event. At several stations, the students get to know different contents on the topics of corruption prevention and promotion of integrity in small groups. Furthermore, new vantage points are offered on these subjects. When dividing the students into groups, the BAK attaches importance to mixing classes and grades.
The Anti-Corruption Workshops and Events were designed for students of academic secondary schools as well as of intermediate and upper-level vocational schools (upper secondary school students aged 14 to 19).
The aim of these activities is to contribute to the adolescents’ development in a holistic way, with the focus being on cognitive, emotional and behavioural skills. Self-competence, social competence, competence regarding ethical standards and social structures, emotional-affective competence, language competence and creative competence should be promoted. They also receive corruption-related cognitive skills. The students get to know the basics, definitions, mechanisms, possible forms of and background on the phenomenon of corruption. In addition, their awareness regarding corrupt acts is increased. They are made aware of the dangers of corruption and learn about measures to prevent it. The students are made familiar with relevant legal provisions and social norms. They are encouraged to critically discuss the phenomenon of corruption and to reflect on related issues. As the content is very practice-oriented, the students are able to apply it to their current everyday and future professional life, thus enhancing their general and professional skills. In the framework of further activities, they can explore the topic of compliance, an approach to prevent non-compliant behaviour, in more detail.
So the participants in the Workshops and Events gain and deepen the general and corruption-related skills mentioned above. The students receive a certificate of participation confirming that they dealt with the topic and acquired the skills mentioned above. The certificate can, inter alia, be used for future application processes.
|Award category:||new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level|
|Sector:||Education (higher and lower), training and learning|
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|Keywords:||Anti-Corruption Workshops; Anti-Corruption Events; field of education; students; corruption prevention|
|Short English description:||The BAK offers the Anti-Corruption Workshops for students to ensure the target-oriented and sustainable dissemination of corruption (prevention) contents. As many methods are used during the workshop, the students are encouraged to deal with the topics corruption, corruption prevention and promotion of integrity in a critical way.|
|Organisation:||Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption|
|Homepage:||https://www.bak.gv.at/en/Downloads/files/Annual_Reports/AnnualReport_2017_v2.pdf ; https://www.bak.gv.at/301/praevention_edukation/praevention_schulbereich/ ; https://www.bak.gv.at/en/301/Prevention/start.aspx|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||11-15|
|EU membership:||EU member|