Education is generally defined as a conscious and planned effort to create a learning atmosphere and process so that students can actively develop their potential to have religious spiritual strength, self-discipline, personality, intelligence, noble character, and abilities that are unique to themselves and of society are needed.
The progress of a nation is largely determined by the quality of education. Therefore, education as a means of forming the life of the nation has a very strategic role. Education contributes to the development of quality human resources, with indicators of professional qualifications, skills, creativity, innovation, and positivity (attitude and behavior).
Efforts to prevent the culture of corruption in society can be done first by preventing the development of mental corruption in Indonesian children through education. The eradication of corruption cannot be separated from the preventive movement, namely preventing the generation of spiritual corruption in the generation of the nation’s children. Considering that prevention efforts can be done not just in one generation, but in the next two or three generations.
Anti-corruption education for students aims to provide sufficient knowledge of the specifics of corruption and how to eradicate it, as well as inculcate anti-corruption values. The long-term goal is to promote an anti-corruption culture among students and to encourage students to actively participate in efforts to eradicate corruption in Indonesia.
Anti-corruption includes all measures against, eliminating, combating, and preventing corruption. Anti-corruption education and culture is an attempt to instill understanding and values in the private sector, community, and government officials to engage in anti-corruption behavior. In academia, especially in universities, the birth of a new major requires placement in the right scientific field. The same applies to anti-corruption courses.
From the experience of several universities that have run this degree, there are always questions, discussions, and debates about what academic field the Anti-Corruption degree is in. Debates tend to take place between multiple fields of science, leading to difficulties in finding common ground as each science tends to maintain its perspective.
A topic raised in a course, or even becoming the name of a course, does not always come from the science itself but is very likely to be born in response to the development of emerging phenomena. Likewise, the anti-corruption course, which can be said to have emerged from the phenomenon of increasingly serious disintegrate in the life of the nation and the state, is indicated by the appearance of various relentless acts of corruption and therefore requires systematic efforts to eradicate it.
Anti-corruption education in the form of specialized courses seems to make corruption a knowledge, or at least a subject of study, for faculty and students. The difference is that the hope is that the knowledge is not to be applied but avoided. Who knows, there will be a collective resolve not to join the corruption after graduation, including the corruption that takes place within the university itself. Cleaning yourself and your house is far more important than examining the taxonomy of university corruption.
In principle, anti-corruption education should be promoted from an early age. Providing anti-corruption education in Indonesia from an early age will provide preventive measures to eradicate corruption in Indonesia. Instilling the values of truth and avoiding illegal acts such as corruption will also be able to transform the life patterns of people who were previously too “tolerant” of corruption into an anti-corruption spirit that will have a great impact on the Indonesian nation.
The importance of the universities’ role as guardians and developers of national integrity, not just as part of the anti-corruption movement. At the same time, this educational institution can be a milestone for the development of accountability and transparency. Universities can be a force for integrity because they can play an important role in stopping the “supply” of corruptors in this country. Fighting corruption by using formal education as part of dealing with corruption is one of the strategies that is expected to be quite significant considering that educated people play a dominant role in society.
It is not enough just to be equipped with knowledge and skills on how to perform a job or position in society, but much more important is how to use the knowledge and methods correctly without having to commit corruption, even tips on how to do it Anti-corruption, encouragement or motivation to play an active role in efforts to combat or eradicate corruption.
The purpose of providing anti-corruption training materials to high school students is for them to acquire sufficient knowledge of the specifics of corruption and how to eradicate it, and instill in them anti-corruption values from an early age so that personal and institutional integrity can develop. In this way, an anti-corruption culture is to grow among students and universities, encouraging all elements of the universities to actively participate in the anti-corruption movement.
The long-term goal is to produce the next generation of university graduates who don’t “take notes”, are professional, have integrity, and are strongly committed to efforts to prevent and eradicate corruption in Indonesia. The great challenge facing our universities today is to transform education back into its function as a character-forming nation, serving not only as a vehicle for the transfer of knowledge and technology, mastery of skills and arts, but also its spirit and competence as such builds an agent of change for the life of society, nation and state, clean and free from the threat of corruption.
The effects of corruption, which have been shown to weaken resources, disrupt social life, undermine the potential of the nation-state and even become an international problem, must be disseminated throughout the community through education; so that it is hoped it will foster a common resolve to stop corruption in the future.