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.
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.
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.
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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UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative is currently accepting applications for funding from institutions that are interested in creating non-electronic games to educate secondary level students (aged 13-18) on the issues of crime prevention, criminal justice and other rule of law aspects. Civil society organizations , academic and/or research institutions may apply for a grant of up to USD 10,000. Applicants from any region of the world may apply. The resources shall be used by the successful candidates for the development and testing of non-electronic games and should involve secondary level students as well as educators in the process. The deadline for submission of proposals is 6 August 2017.
Under the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative of UNODC, the Office and Africa Teen Geeks have established a partnership to host a Hackathon at the end of July: #Hack4Justice. It will in particular challenge African youth at the secondary level to develop mobile and online games and apps dealing with crime issues in South Africa. The young participants will use their coding skills to teach people how to act as good citizens, steer clear of getting involved in criminal activities and avoid becoming victims of corruption or violence.
"How can programmes such as Model UN help today's youth be better engaged with key issues affecting their lives"?
This is the question we posed to Salam Kedan, founder of the Salam Centre for Peace, on the sidelines of a recent meeting in Vienna looking at developing a UNODC Guide for organizers of Model United Nations.
Kudzai Mukaratirwa is a student in South Africa and works with 'Online Model UN'. Recently he took part in a meeting in Vienna as part of the Office's work to help further develop a forthcoming UNODC Guide for organizers of MUNs. On the sidelines of this, we spoke with Kudzai to get his views on how can Model United Nations can help students learn more about UNODC's mandates.