Bringing up a Generation Free from Corruption: E4J in Uzbekistan

Everyone has a role in preventing corruption by acting with personal integrity and making ethical choices. Children may not know that they also have this role and are able to change the world by making lawful decisions. It is critical to use education as a tool to instill in young girls and boys values and tools which build resilience to corruption and crime.

These ideas were at the core of a workshop on "Strengthening pedagogical capacity in the field of education for justice" organized by the Ministry of Public Education and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Tashkent on 26-27 August 2019.

The seminar brought together 34 teachers from Tashkent city, Andijan region, as well as the Aral Sea area of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, to introduce new tools on integrity and crime prevention for secondary schools within the framework of UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.

"Teachers play a key role in raising a next generation of law-abiding citizens who know about their rights and responsibilities. The E4J initiative helps us achieve this goal". - said Mr. Akbar Tagaev, the Head of Department, Ministry of Public Education.

"E4J allows us to foster a culture that supports the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice. With the use of practical and interactive educational materials we empower secondary level students to identify, prevent and resolve moral, ethical or legal dilemmas" - highlighted Mr. Koen Marquering, International Coordinator, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia.

The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative is one of the components of the UNODC Global Program for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration. The E4J secondary education component supports public education schools in introducing international evidence-based practices and rule of law knowledge with a focus on subject areas such as integrity and ethics, rights and responsibilities, anti-corruption, crime prevention and criminal justice.

"With the E4J materials we can teach children anti-corruption behavior from an early age. Moreover, they are exposed to specific tools, which help us beat this crime." - said Ms. Mavjuda Imiyaminova, Deputy Principal of School #2, Izboskan District, Andijan region.

"I and my team of eight talented teachers who participated in this workshop are going to transfer our knowledge to the teachers of Andijan region where we are from. We also decided to hold sessions for local teachers in the neighbouring Ferghana and Namangan regions". - added Ms. Gulkhayo Omonova, Deputy Head of Andijan Region Department of Public Education.

This seminar is part of a long-standing partnership between UNODC and the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan which opens up new opportunities for teachers to use interactive teaching methods and adapt and integrate the E4J modules into existing or new training courses.

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