ACB and IPOR Sponsor MASA Tournament to Combat Corruption Among Zomba Youth
At the launch of the tournament, Medson Mbiridzi, Chief Education Officer representing the Education Division Manager for South East Education Division, expressed his satisfaction.
Zomba, Malawi- In an effort to educate the youth in Zomba District about the perils of corruption and fraud, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR) have joined forces to sponsor the MASA Ziphuphu Secondary School Tournament with an impressive contribution of K20 million, writes Peter Davieson.
At the launch of the tournament, Medson Mbiridzi, Chief Education Officer representing the Education Division Manager for South East Education Division, expressed his satisfaction with the event's inception.
He emphasized the power of football to unite people and praised the tournament as a means of disseminating information about corruption among both the youth and the elderly.
"The purpose is to equip the youth with knowledge about the evils of corruption. By instilling anti-corruption messages in these young minds as they grow and enter the workforce, we hope they will recognize the detrimental impact of corruption and not become advocates for corrupt practices. This is a significant development," Mbiridzi stated.
Bonface Durani, Director of Research and Operations at IPOR, highlighted their organization's commitment to contributing to the nation's betterment through research. The strong collaboration between IPOR and ACB allows them to incorporate anti-corruption messages into events aimed at educating the youth about the scourge of corruption.
"We believe that by participating in sports and conveying these essential messages to the youth, we can contribute to helping the country eliminate corruption," Durani explained. He also stressed the positive impact of gatherings that provide opportunities to disseminate these messages to a broad audience, including both young and elderly individuals who can play a role in the fight against corruption.
The tournament, taking place in the final stage, will award the first-place winner with laboratory equipment valued at 1.5 million Kwacha, the second-place winner with equipment worth 1 million Kwacha, and the third-place winner with equipment worth 500,000 Kwacha.
The tournament's launch was marked by thrilling sports games, with Box 2 Secondary School securing a 4-3 victory against Namadidi Day Secondary School and St. Mary's Girls Secondary School dominating Drepa Secondary School with an 8-2 win.
These engaging activities are expected to further bolster the campaign to educate the youth about the importance of combating corruption in their communities.