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Fighting corruption by building integrity in African children
BINGWA Magazine is a FREE children’s publication aimed at fighting corruption by building integrity in African children. This message is passed across in an easy, conversational and appealing format. The first of its kind, the magazine is distributed FREE to primary schools in Africa (beginning with Kenya and Uganda), with one copy of the magazine being read by over 100 children. Targeted at upper-primary school students (aged 9-14), it was initially published in 2009 three times a year.
From 2014, a minimum of 50,000 copies of the magazine will be produced once every year on the Day of the African Child (June 16). This day has been celebrated on the continent every year since 1991. It honors the memory of hundreds of school children who were killed following a courageous protest against discrimination in Soweto, South Africa in 1976. Our future goal is to publish over one million copies to reach school children all over Africa.
VISION & MISSION: To guide, encourage and inspire the children of Africa to be champions of integrity in order to eradicate corruption.
Because prevention is always cheaper than cure
While Africa is developing in leaps and bounds, others factors seem to be working to bring it to its knees. One of these factors is corruption. Infact, corruption is regarded as the worst disease in Africa. Poverty in Africa cannot ever be eradicated if corruption is still so deeply ingrained among the young and old alike.
From the denial of access to education, water, healthcare among other resources, corruption is the root cause of many challenges faced by Africa’s children today. But do the children know that they can contribute to the fight against this vice? If so, what do they know and how practical is the information they have? BINGWA’s role is to empower African children by sharing ideas and guiding them into this better future. For it is during these early years in life that strong values like these are best implanted. Infact, to quote Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train the child the way that he should go and he will never depart from it when he grows old.’
To equip them for this seemingly arduous task, BINGWA Magazine will use comics, puzzles, competitions, stories and other tools with lessons on integrity and fighting corruption.