Although corruption, abuse of human rights and disrespect for rule of law are global phenomena, they seem endemic in Nigeria and many African countries cutting across all sectors, classes and ages. Corruption (mega or petty), abuse of human rights and disrespect for rule of law in Africa are serious concerns because they are among the leading causes of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa.
CSAAE’s Youth Ethics and Anti-Corruption Program (YEAP)is raising the consciousness of youth to the importance of transparency, accountability, respect for human rights and rule of law in the work world while teaching them how to identify, resist and fight corruption hindering development in Nigeria
Rule of Law
YEAP promotes rule of law through various means including workshops, externships and online campaigns that explain the need for law and order in the society as well as through positive reinforcements such as the National Ethics Essay Competition that rewards best essays on rule of law and the Youth Ethics Summit that supports youth projects on rule of law in Nigeria. YEAP challenges youths passionate about rule of law to identify abuses of law and their root causes in their communities as well as share insights on how best to promote, prevent and fight abuse law.
The Nigerian Constitution Through the Lens of Nigerian Youth: This three-month project involved an intensive study of the Nigerian Constitution by Emerging Nigerian Leaders under the Centre’s Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP) to gain first-hand knowledge on Nigerian laws. It was conducted from December 2017 to February 2018 with over 151 emerging leaders below age 25 in attendance. Key contributions and recommendations by these youths on certain provisions of the constitution were documented and presented to the public during the Centre’s foundation conference at Abuja in November 2018. Since after the training, many youths have initiated projects to promote rule of law. Follow link to download free copy of this review: Books
YEAP challenges youths passionate about human rights to identify human rights abuses and their root causes in their communities as well as share insights on how best to promote, prevent and fight abuses of human rights. YEAP also promotes human rights through workshops, externships and online campaigns that explain the dignity of the human person and the need to respect human rights as well as through positive reinforcements such as the National Ethics Essay Competition that rewards best essays on human rights and the Youth Human Rights Summit that supports youth projects on prevention of abuse of human rights in Nigeria.
UN Universal Human Rights as Seen by Nigerian Youths: This project was implemented from March 16 to July 20, 2018 by CSAAE to equip Emerging Leaders under its ELP with detailed knowledge on all the articles of the Universal Human Rights declared by United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948. Over 151 Emerging leaders participated in the project as they reviewed the extent to which these rights are respected/violated in Nigeria and what can be done to ensure the respect of all human rights in the country. Key findings and recommendations from this 5-month project were documented and presented as a whitepaper during the Centre’s foundation conference at Abuja in November 2018
YEAP tackles corruption from the root through structured youth education in accountability, transparency and integrity while providing them with the tools to identify, resist and fight corruption. YEAP raises awareness of the consequences of corruption on development and promotes the development of innovative tools that make corrupt practices harder. Through Youth Ethics Essay Competition Award and the Incorruptible Nigerian Youth Award, YEAP helps youths stay away from corruption through positive reinforcement. The Youth Anti-corruption Summit supports youth community projects against corruption.
The Incorruptible Nigerian Youth Award
This is an annual award by the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. (CSAAE) to honor remarkable Nigerian youths who have been deemed incorruptible by their peers and CSAAE’s team of external evaluators. The award recognizes the courage and determination of youths who are keen on doing the right thing and have undertaken actions that have had or likely to have significant impact on the level of corrupt practices their vicinities.
Youth Ethics Essay Competition
This is an annual award by the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. (CSAAE) to secondary school, undergraduate and graduate students who excel in the Youth Ethics Essay Contest. The essay tests students in YEAP key focus areas: rule of law, human rights and anti-corruption. The aim is to increase understanding of these key areas among Nigerian youths.
Youth Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Summit
The summit is aimed at gathering youths passionate about respect for human rights, integrity, transparency and anti-corruption together to identify the root causes of corruption and share insights on how best to fight corruption and promote ethical values in the country.