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Expert Workshop for University Lecturers and Trainers Teaching on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Francophone African Countries

 

Background

As part of its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, UNODC convened an Expert Group Meeting for university lecturers and trainers teaching on crime prevention and criminal justice in Francophone African countries. Organised in collaboration with the University of Dakar, this meeting was held on 25-26 June 2019, in Dakar, Sénégal.

While the E4J University Modules on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice have been created for a global audience, UNODC recognizes that crime prevention strategies and the mechanisms for strengthening criminal justice institutions differ according to specificities of context.

For this reason, seven E4J Modules on crime prevention and criminal justice have been translated into French and will now be adapted in consultation with academic experts from Francophone West African Universities. The outcome of this regional meeting will be a series of robust and relevant teaching tools ready for use by academics in Francophone West African Universities.

Objectives

The meeting brought together university lecturers, in their individual capacity, in order to:

  • Regionalize the content of the E4J Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice University Modules by adapting them to the Francophone African context;
  • Enhance the capacity of lecturers to teach on crime prevention and criminal justice, including:
    • Enhance their familiarity with the E4J Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice University Modules;
    • Consider effective approaches to teaching the Modules in universities/training institutes in Francophone African countries;
    • Strengthen the participants' capacity to teach courses based on the Modules.
 

In preparation for the Workshop, participants were invited to review the Modules and prepared inputs regarding regionally relevant case law, legislation, academic research, and non-governmental literature.

Following the meeting, participants will be encouraged to make use of the modules in their teaching, and to provide UNODC with feedback on the materials. This feedback will enable UNODC to continuously improve the Modules, with the aim of supporting in the delivery of quality education on crime prevention and criminal justice in the region.

 

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