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.
A joint UNESCO-UNODC partnership working to promote the rule of law through education is launching a series of virtual regional dialogues to bring young people together with policymakers to hear what they want from education and justice systems in the post COVID-19 future.
The dialogues will focus on Central America, South Asia and Europe and the Middle East and North Africa and will seize the opportunity for change offered by the pandemic to build discussion among young people, policy-makers, educators and representatives from education and justice sectors to engage them in building back better.
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.
4 September 2020 - In the framework of the cooperation between Kuwait's Anti-corruption Authority (Nazaha) and the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a key component of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, Nazaha announced the beginning of the broadcasting of the educational cartoon series "The Zorbs" on Kuwait's children television on Friday, 4 September 2020.
The Assistant Secretary-General of the Prevention Sector, Ms. Abrar AlHammad stated that "The Zorbs" contains educational stories that represent a set of challenges and questions in a manner that encourages children to adopt certain values and skills to help them face challenges related to rule of law issues. She added that "The Zorbs" were designed by E4J to encourage a fun, innovative and interactive learning experience, while addressing important issues such as justice, respect for the law, cybercrime, human rights, ethics and integrity.
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.