SHINE

Students acting for Honesty, Integrity and Equality

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Why We Do It

SHINE (Students acting for Honesty, Integrity & Equality) is a project that aims at empowering students to act with and demand integrity in their school communities. We believe that integrity creates the conditions for people to resist corruption.

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The approach of lead partner Integrity Action starts from an expression of the solution (integrity building) rather than a problem (corruption). When we act with integrity, we can be able to demand integrity and this is how SHINE project was born.

Integrity Action developed the Community Integrity Building approach with the aim of empowering citizens to resolve problems that affect their communities. Problems identified have often to do with corruption, mismanagement, lack of competency, and fraud.

The approach is a successful and cost-effective way to improve the quality of public services, thereby improving the lives of thousands of people.

Until December 2019, Kesho Kenya implemented SHINE in 15 secondary schools within Kilifi County. 30 other schools joined the programme beginning of 2020. 25 more schools will be included in 2021.

How we do it

Our activities were geared towards achieving the aim of the project which is to empower citizens to act with and demand integrity, actively taking part in building institutions which are open, accountable and responsive to their needs and expectations.

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Students were expected to identify various infrastructure projects and services to monitor within their school communities. This in turn yielded fruits as a total of 21 projects were identified and monitored.

In doing so, students practically learnt the virtues of responsibility, accountability, transparency, hardworking, honesty, inclusivity etc.

The project requires the identified partner schools to form integrity clubs which will be headed by patrons who are teachers in the respective schools. The clubs are trained on integrity and the correct reporting procedure. Every club will have a monitor.

These students will be responsible of uploading projects being implemented and issues identified to the development check tool. The tool is an application downloadable from play store to any smart phone. Anyone can access the tool and see the Fix-Rate which is the percentage of problems identified by the monitor and that they are resolved to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Monitors will always need to close the loop by communicating the results of their monitoring activities (successful or not successful) back to the community. This is particularly important to empower the community and obtain additional buy-in and support.

Our impacts

Our activities were geared to empower citizens to act with and demand integrity, actively taking part in building institutions which are open, accountable and responsive to their needs and expectations. Students were expected to identify various infrastructure projects and services to monitor within their school communities.

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This in turn yielded fruits as a total of 21 projects were identified and monitored. In doing so, students practically learnt the virtues of responsibility, accountability, transparency, hardworking, honesty, inclusivity etc.

Examples for Projects

  • Renovation of laboratories so that they are well equiped and student can carry out lab activities conveniantly
  • Drilling of a borehole to save time for students who needed to trek long distances to fetch water at water points
  • Power installation in two classrooms to ensure that students have more time to read in the evening
  • Construction of toilets to prevent time wastage time wastage as students congested at the few available toilets
  • Litter management to enhance environmental cleanliness and proper waste disposal in the school
  • Mind your language policy to sensitize students on the use of words in relation to integrity
  • Enrivonmental conversation to ensure the environment stays clean
  • Boy-girl relationship project to sensitize students on engaging in early relationships

What students and teachers say

“Once the school ran out of water, the students did not strike as they might have done before, but sat down to discuss how the problem could be solved and water provided,” says a teacher working in a project school.

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“There was a book I could not find from the library for five years. After the library was organised and books arranged per subjects, I asked for it – and actually, it was brought to me!” A student and member of an integrity club.

’’The students are involved in decision-making processes and learn to be honest and act with integrity also when not being observed”, explains an Education Officer from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

“With SHINE project we protect our future”, says an integrity club patron.