How to use this Guide

This Guide is an accompaniment to the video on organized crime. The purpose of this two-part toolkit is to critically engage secondary-level students (aged 13 to 18) in understanding the meaning and impact of organized crime and other acts linked to organized crime.

The Guide is designed to help teachers of secondary-level students expand on the content of the video; it recommends good practices and educational strategies that can be used in conjunction with the video.

The practices and the strategies recommended in the Guide are focused on the following messages about organized crime. Teachers are urged to frame their lessons around these messages and share them with their students.

  • The illegal activities of organized criminal groups have serious consequences for individuals and society. They affect people's safety and health, weaken economies and reduce trust in public institutions
  • Demand for the illegal services and products offered by organized criminal groups can be reduced through our daily decisions as consumers
  • Organized criminal groups also operate online

What you will find in the Guide

The Guide is comprised of four modules:

  • Module 1 presents instructions for developing a rationale for the use of the video in the classroom. It also includes activities that teachers can undertake using the video.
  • Module 2 presents ideas for previewing strategies that enable students to be more effective viewers of the video. It includes a lesson plan that teachers can apply to the previewing process.
  • Module 3 focuses on encouraging the students to engage critically with the video content and includes strategies to enhance the viewing experience.
  • Module 4 focuses on the post-viewing stage of the process. It includes a lesson plan for a debriefing session.

In addition, the Guide contains the following resources to support the implementation of the modules:

  • A discussion guide
  • A glossary
  • A lesson handout on organized crime and your mobile phone
  • A sample organized crime tree diagram
  • An information sheet on different versions of the KWLQ activity
  • A checklist for using the video
  • A lesson handout on the definition of elements of an organized criminal group
  • A lesson handout on participation in an organized criminal group
  • A lesson handout on cybercrime
  • A lesson handout on how organized crime relates to the Sustainable Development Goals

About this Guide

This Guide has been developed under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Education for Justice (E4J) initiative that promotes respect for the rule of law through education.

The Guide is informed by the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which was adopted by the General Assembly, in its resolution 55/25, on 15 November 2000.

The Guide uses the aims and infrastructure of the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) initiative, which place young people at the centre of these preventive practices, as its framework. GCED aims to instil in learners the values, attitudes and behaviours that support responsible global citizenship: creativity, innovation and commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development.

Combating organized crime is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goals 5, 8, 15 and 16, whose primary focus is gender equality; decent work and economic growth; life on land; and peace, justice and strong institutions.

Next: Module 1 - Developing a rationale for using the organized crime video in the classroom
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