8 March 2021 – Collaborative partnerships between the United Nations and academia play a huge role in tackling global challenges, and in promoting a culture of lawfulness. UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative has reached out to countless educators and academics in the last five years, lending its support as they strive to empower the next generation of leaders and policymakers.
Together, E4J and hundreds of specialists around the world have developed unique tools and resources to support this objective at various educational levels. In particular, E4J has created a unique set of university modules, available for free download online for everyone, introducing students to the core themes of crime prevention and criminal justice. With over 100 modules surpassing 5,000 pages, professors have the flexibility to integrate various modules into their curricula, even in disciplines that do not generally cover such issues.
With the advent of the global COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the digital divide came a realization that the gap needed to be closed fast, now that most teaching is held online; E4J’s Lockdown Learners series, launched in 2020, is one such contribution.
This week in Kyoto, at the 14th Crime Congress, E4J hosted a side event on this theme. Joining UNODC experts were Himmat Dhillon, Headmaster of the renowned Lawrence School in Sanawar, India; Rana Dajani, President of the Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab world; Fatma Almesleh, Vice-President for Students Affairs at Qatar’s Lusail University; and Samarth Pathak, E4J’s focal point at UNODC’s Regional Office for South Asia. They shared their experience on teaching the next generation about the most pressing threats facing the world, and the engagement such initiatives trigger in eager students.