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.
Learn more about the tools developed by E4J for primary education, including educational materials for teachers, parents, students and education policymakers.
Learn more about tools developed by E4J for secondary education, including materials for teachers, students and Model United Nations.
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.
Had it not been for the COVID-19 global pandemic, UNODC's headquarters would have been swarming this past week with academics, educators, experts, and representatives from international organizations and multinational corporations for the largest conference ever held under United Nations auspices to discuss the crucial link between education and the rule of law.
Instead, over 2,100 participants from 109 countries gathered virtually, and safely, for the unprecedented Global Dialogue Series launched by UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative on 1 December, debating the forward-looking perspectives ensuing from the pandemic to reimagine education for peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.
Since its creation, the Education for Justice initiative has looked for innovative ways to support educators in their mission to arm the next generation with the right tools to tackle global challenges. With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a potential increase in social unrest and violence, this support is more important than ever.
To meet this, E4J launched this month a new grants programme for universities around the world to support the ongoing tertiary education efforts in this field. The interest in this scheme is high: E4J received applications from universities in 69 countries, a number which demonstrates the interest of higher education in not only continuing to contribute to the goals of SDG16, but also to work with United Nations institutions.
The United Nations has since long recognized a wide array of basic human rights which apply to all humanity; amongst these are the right to be free from discrimination and the right to express cultural identity in all its facets. In 2007, to further address the specific needs of some communities, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, establishing a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of indigenous peoples of the world.
While much still remains to be done in this context, increased activism about the need to formalize indigenous rights has led a number of countries to an official recognition of different ethnicities within their populations, with their own linguistic and cultural differences.
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 (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.