Education for Justice

The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary levels. These activities help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard. A set of products and activities for the primary and secondary levels have been developed in partnership with UNESCO.

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Primary Education Materials

Learn more about the tools developed by E4J for primary education, including educational materials for teachers, parents, students and education policymakers.

Secondary Education Materials

Learn more about tools developed by E4J for secondary education, including materials for teachers, students and Model United Nations.

Tertiary Education Materials

Learn more about the 100+ university modules developed by E4J across UNODC mandate areas in consultation with academics from more than 550 universities in 114 countries.

20 years after the signing of UNTOC, crime prevention remains a multidimensional endeavour
October 16, 2020

20 years after the signing of UNTOC, crime prevention remains a multidimensional endeavour

Not a day passes without stories of organized crime making their way to the front pages of newspapers around the world. Despite copious legislation and strong law enforcement measures in most countries, criminal groups find ways to operate outside the rule of law across borders, causing immense physical, psychological, and financial damage to their victims.

Governments have since long joined efforts in combatting organized crime even as it continues to become more emboldened. With the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), signed in Palermo, Italy in 2000, they devised an international instrument enabling their collective fight against transnational organized crime. 

Education for Justice - Events - Palermo+20: Building on the Legacy of UNTOC Using Quality Education on the Rule of Law and Transnational Organized Crime to Help the Next Generation Shape Policy and Create Positive Change
October 13, 2020

Palermo+20: Building on the legacy of UNTOC

Using quality education on the rule of law to prevent transnational organized crime and help the next generation create positive change

This side event celebrates the 20 th anniversary of the signing of the UNTOC and builds on that legacy by showcasing how education, particularly through lifelong learning opportunities, can empower youth and adults to address transnational organized crime.

Examples of good practices for the conceptualization, design and dissemination of educational tools on transnational organized crime at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels will be presented, igniting fruitful discussions and exchanges of views on the importance of quality education to promote and uphold the rule of law, with a particular focus on organized crime.

Children and youth champions for positive change: Winners of Regional Creative Reading Competition
September 28, 2020

Children and youth champions for positive change: Winners of the Regional Creative Reading Competition for the Middle East and North Africa

24 September 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the education and social sectors' efforts to ensure broad access to learning. In response to this situation, UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative and the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) held a regional creative reading competition aimed at actively engaging education and social work professionals, students and youth in community-based activities, which focused on innovative ways to enable children to have learning experiences and to deliver educational messages. To participate in the competition, children and youth produced videos and creative content reflecting the "Do It Like The Zorbs"  story in their own way while learning about the values of respect, tolerance, integrity, justice and fairness.

Fun Corner

Here you find educational tools and materials developed by E4J and other relevant stakeholders for children aged 6 to 12 years. It is a space for kids to watch educational videos, create comic strips and play educational games.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) conferences offer a popular way to learn about the United Nations' mandate areas and to give tomorrow's leaders an insight into negotiating at the international level. E4J developed a Resource Guide to support those who organize MUN conferences to incorporate issues from UNODC mandate areas into their conferences.