A global jury of children votes online in UNODC-sponsored Takorama Film Festival
May 20, 2020

A global jury of children votes online in UNODC-sponsored Takorama Film Festival

With an infinite curiosity and a predilection for voicing honest opinions, children tend to enjoy the mental exercise of ranking their favourite things. This month, they were given the opportunity to watch short movies online and to vote on their preferences in the Takorama Film Festival, designed to engage children around the world with stimulating subjects and appealing animations.

This unique festival has accompanied children in various situations of COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing confinement over the past few weeks, exposing them to artistic contributions which tackle solidarity, tolerance and respect for others - subjects which form an integral part of the work of Education for Justice, an initiative of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.

Women's Empowerment for Latin America
May 15, 2020

Women's Empowerment for Latin America

As part of the Doha Declaration Education for Justice initiative, UNODC and the  Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens have announced that they will soon begin implementation of a new Women's Empowerment Programme (WEP) catering to young females from Latin America. The WEP, made possible thanks to generous support from the State of Qatar, will transform education policy into action in order to promote justice, the rule of law and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Programme will focus on training and equipping 20 young women from Latin American countries with the skill-set to act as SDG leaders within their fields of work. While all of the 17 SDGs provide the framework for the WEP, its focus will be on SDGs 4,5,16 and 17.

E4Js Zorbs help children stay safe from COVID19 in Lebanon
April 30, 2020

E4J's Zorbs help children stay safe from COVID-19 in Lebanon

The lockdown has been difficult for most people, as the world adapts to the strict measures necessary to combat COVID-19. For children, the challenge is a big one as they find themselves suddenly unable to learn in the appropriate settings, or to run around outside with their friends. This situation becomes even more problematic when children are in particularly vulnerable circumstances, in need of humanitarian assistance and with few outlets to help them deal with the reality.

Several hundred children in Lebanon were pleasantly surprised this month when they discovered The Zorbs, the colourful alien characters helping young generations understand the values which help keep the world safe.

With 'Lockdown Learners' initiative, UNODC engages youth confined by COVID-19
April 24, 2020

With 'Lockdown Learners' initiative, UNODC engages youth confined by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that has affected billions around the world and impacted all aspects of life and society. In the area of education, nearly 165 countries have implemented country-wide school and university closures, as indicated by the Secretary-General in his report 'Shared responsibility, global solidarity: responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 .' More than 1.5 billion children and youth are currently out of school or university, representing 87 per cent of the world's enrolled student population. In addition, over 60 million teachers are no longer in the classroom.

Responding to the global crisis, UNODC has launched the 'Lockdown Learners' series of online dialogues with students and educators in India on COVID-19 and its impact on SDGs, peace and the rule of law. 

Home learning for primary school children gets a boost with UNODCs innovative tools
April 16, 2020

Home learning for primary school children gets a boost with UNODC's innovative tools

Judging from current trending subjects on social media platforms as the spread of COVID-19 forces schools to shut around the globe, parents of young children have felt a surge of renewed appreciation for educators. After suddenly becoming de facto teachers themselves, most are trying to follow an approximate schedule and a flexible curriculum, but improvisation is also needed to fill the long days with the right balance between formal learning and fun.  The expertise of respected specialists has helped make this unique experience more palatable for both children and parents - especially those who must do their job from home as well. With a wide variety of educational and smart edutainment resources available today, parents are heeding the advice of pedagogists on teaching children through diverse forms by using several ways to drive home a lesson.