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.
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."
Translation builds bridges and partnerships are core for advancing the Sustainable Development Goal 16 - these were the two core messages of the virtual ceremony to thank the students and their professors for their outstanding support provided to the E4J initiative by using their skills and knowledge in translating the E4J University Modules on Organized Crime, Cybercrime, Wildlife Crime and Anti-Corruption into Spanish.
The support received from UPC, their professors and students, is undoubtedly of paramount importance and effectiveness to the very core of the E4J's own objective: bridging the gap between academia and the United Nations..