As COVID-19 changes educational approaches, UNODC partners with Tele-Ecole to use the power of television and streaming to engage youth on rule of law
September 11, 2020

As COVID-19 changes educational approaches, UNODC partners with  Télé-Ecole to use the power of television and streaming to engage youth on rule of law

Worldwide, schooling in 2020 has been marked by unprecedented interruptions to children's learning and teacher's efforts to educate. With COVID-19 first leading to school closures, and later to social distancing measures, the pandemic has forced educational systems to adapt and develop new ways of learning, as well as identify solutions to mobilize youth remotely. In West Africa, where the COVID-19 reaction measures reflect much of the rest of the world, one of the ways this is now being achieved is through the region's first educational television station,  Télé-Ecole, with whom UNODC recently partnered.

From the Planet Zorb into the classrooms of Uzbekistan: Promoting peace, respect and acceptance
August 31, 2020

From the Planet Zorb into the classrooms of Uzbekistan: Promoting peace, respect and acceptance

With the 2020/21 academic year in Uzbekistan kicking off in early-September, the country's Ministry of Public Education recently announced the launch of a new curriculum for primary schools. Among several new additions are lessons designed to provide children with learning opportunities centred around a strong educational framework that promotes fairness, justice and integrity in a fun and interactive way - a perfect fit for UNODC's friendly space characters, the Zorbs, and with it their messages around peace and justice.

Uzbekistan's new curriculum looks to use multimedia applications and interactive tools, drawing from both national and international educational knowledge.

Justice Accelerators: Building young social entrepreneurs to boost rule of law and sustainable development
August 12, 2020

Justice Accelerators: Building young social entrepreneurs to boost rule of law and sustainable development

While not exclusively a young person's area, information technology (IT) - including specifics such as artificial intelligence (AI), mobile app development and other emerging technologies - can be of particular interest for youth. At the same time, there is a growing interest among the younger generation in driving implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, taking advantage of opportunities to become social entrepreneurs. Indeed, according to the  2020 World Youth Report, "There is tremendous potential for young social entrepreneurs to utilize frontier technologies to tackle systemic social issues innovatively and effectively."

A global jury of children votes online in UNODC-sponsored Takorama Film Festival
July 7, 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. For the past two months, they were given the opportunity to watch short movies online and to vote on their preferences in the  Takorama Film Festival, designed by the association  Films pour enfants 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, 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.

COVID19: Education is the bedrock of a just society in the post-COVID world
June 2, 2020

COVID19: Education is the bedrock of a just society in the post-COVID world

As the COVID-19 crisis may lead to an erosion of trust in public services and governments, urgent questions should also be asked about how measures to prevent its spread can adversely affect the rule of law and human rights. UNESCO and UNODC stress the importance of education which teaches awareness of human rights and ultimately helps build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies and economies that are more resilient in the face of crisis.