As one of its entry points to enhancing social accountability in Lesotho, PISA provides civic education to strengthen citizen’s knowledge, awareness, skills and motivation to participate in democratic processes and development initiatives. PISA provides Information, Education and Communication (IEC) in the form of trainings, workshops, public gatherings and information dissemination through mass media and social media. PISA works on core civic education topics (like democracy and governance), as well as on developmental issues (like gender equality, HIV and climate change). The rationale for working on developmental issues is two-fold: public participation can best be mobilised when dealing with issues that concern people’s everyday lives and also, citizen’s rights and responsibilities are best demonstrated through practical challenges. PISA’s slogan “Boikarabello ke ba bohle” (Responsibility is for all of us) points to the importance of promoting Basotho to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens and take part actively in development.
Lesotho is faced with multifaceted economical challenges descending from the national government to the entire society. These Challenges have rendered the greatest part of the society a poverty stricken community. This may be caused by various social challenges such as high rate of unemployment. Unemployment may be a result of low economic situation of the country, which in different arguable angles may be influenced by lack of participation by the citizens in the management and disbursement decisions of public funds by the government structures. Beside decisions by the government structures, the citizens in different units; i. individuals, ii. families(nuclear and extended), iii. society as a whole, have a responsibility to manage their economic status at different society levels by undertaking individual responsibilities at their homes, and also at the community levels collectively and by participating in different governance structures. These may encompass Budgeting skills, spending patterns and watching over the governance structures against unfavourable financial practices which may be defined along the likelihoods of corruption. The theme “Let us Keep our Books in Order”, is a derivative of this thereof. The literal meaning is the mechanism of planning the whole financial situation and ensuring sustainability of harmonious financial spending of public funds by government structures with inclusion of accountability.
Objectives of the Campaign
- Create awareness and contribute towards proper public financial management practices; Proper budgeting, Prudent spending, Proper financial accountability.
- Create awareness about exiting factors that contribute to financial instabilities which escalate into a paralysed economy within the communities and the government as a whole.
- Participation in engaging the government structures in public funds decision makings (accountability).