Education for Justice

Adopted at the conclusion of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Doha Declaration highlights the importance of education as a tool to preventing crime and corruption. It emphasizes that education for children and youth is fundamental in promoting a culture that supports the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice.

In support of this, the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative - under the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration - has been developed to create and disseminate education materials in UNODC mandated areas of crime prevention and criminal justice across the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels. Online tools and academic resources will be made available free of charge, while workshops, conferences and symposia will be organized for teachers and academics to learn and exchange ideas and research.

Primary education

To help develop skills for solving basic moral and ethical dilemmas in connection with the mandates of UNODC, E4J will address primary education through the development of materials that promote basic values, in particular those of integrity and tolerance. In doing so, E4J will work with teachers and provide them with tools for helping advance those values in students, including through interactive materials (such as games and apps) for use in the classroom and extracurricular activities.

Secondary education

At the secondary education level, E4J will develop and disseminate practical and interactive educational materials aimed at secondary school students to promote the understanding of the basic concepts that lie at the core of UNODC-mandated areas. This will be done through a focus on ownership, behaviour, rights and responsibilities, aimed at empowering secondary level students to identify, prevent and resolve moral, ethical or legal dilemmas.

Tertiary education

The university level component of E4J looks to support academics to teach in the fields of UNODC-mandated areas covering organized crime, corruption, terrorism prevention, cybercrime, criminal justice, trafficking of firearms, trafficking in persons, and the smuggling of migrants, as well as on integrity and ethics.

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#Hack4Justice: the third E4J Hackathon took place in Indonesia to boost rule of law

#Hack4Justice: the third E4J Hackathon took place in Indonesia to boost rule of law

UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative held its third hackathon (or coding challenge) in Indonesia, through its Country Office in Jakarta. The event - #Hack4Justice - saw some 30 secondary school students between the ages of 13 and 18 gather in Jakarta, Indonesia to battle it out at the keyboard and show off their ideas and talent in developing educational games focussing on justice and rule of law issues.

Organized in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Education, the hackathon feeds into the development of a series of interactive tools to help students learn about these issues as part of the organization's Global Programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration. With secondary school students as the ultimate consumers of the final games, the hackathons present an ideal opportunity to involve them right from the start - and to gauge the approaches youth would take to teach justice values among their peers.

UNODC develops new animated series to help promote primary-level ethics education

UNODC develops new animated series to help promote primary-level ethics education

At a major United Nations anti-corruption conference, UNODC unveiled a new cartoon campaign to promote ethics and values teaching to primary school children. Based on an animated series,  The Zorbs, the campaign tells of an imaginary planet and its inhabitants who overcome a range of challenges thanks to core values and skills as promoted under the organization's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, which is a key component of the Global Programme, funded by the State of Qatar.  

The series has been designed as a fun yet informative education tool, and will comprise a set of animated videos, complemented by an online interactive Comic Creator that encourages children to build meaningful stories in an engaging and creative way. 


The Zorbs - An Introduction

UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative is working to build a culture of lawfulness among children and youth on topics related to criminal justice, crime prevention and the rule of law. At the primary school level, this focuses on promoting and teaching values such as acceptance, fairness, integrity and respect among 6 to 12 year olds.

Education for Justice: Yuliya Zabyelina, Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Under the Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC is developing a series of modules to help better teach on mandated issues in universities. Part of the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, this covers topics such as transnational organized crime, money laundering, corruption, and terrorism - among many others. To find out more, we talked to Yuliya Zabyelina, Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals as crime prevention tool.