Aware of the dangers of corruption, more and more Thai people have joined the “STRONG Club” network, a mechanism aimed at promoting awareness and intolerance toward corruption in various communities nationwide.
STRONG – sufficient, transparent, realize, onward, knowledge, and generosity – has been applied as a model to develop “sufficient minds” against corruption. The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has encouraged the establishment of STRONG Clubs in communities nationwide to mobilize efforts to prevent and suppress corruption on a sustainable basis.
NACC President Police General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said that there are currently over 65,000 members of STRONG Clubs in 76 provinces and Bangkok. They have attended the Anti-Corruption Education Program initiated by NACC and played an important role in the “watch and voice” effort in their areas.
He said that, in the 2020 fiscal year, STRONG Clubs in all provinces took part in the “Corruption Risk Mapping” project. Their analysis and assessments in corruption-risk areas were useful for anti-corruption campaigns.
The STRONG project began in 2018, and it has been expanding public participation in the project through “STRONG Connectivity,” which involves the public and private sectors and youth groups. More than 5,000 youth have so far joined the STRONG Connectivity.
The NACC President said that, in the 2021 fiscal year, NACC would coordinate with children and youth councils nationwide to develop 1,000 STRONG young leaders through the Anti-Corruption Education Program. The young leaders, or coaches, will be encouraged to expand their networks further among children and youth.
From the 2018 to 2020 fiscal years, over 6,000 STRONG coaches were developed from government official and education personnel groups. These coaches have played an important part in the STRONG Connectivity for promoting the Anti-Corruption Education Program, which is intended to cultivate an anti-corruption culture.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department