#Stayhome orders cannot stop teaching and learning




Since March 12 all federal and state tertiary institutions have shut down initially for one month to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closure of close to 280 universities and polytechnical institutes forces millions of students to continue their education from home. The First Technical University, Ibadan, immediately announced that it will continue classes online. However, most Nigerian universities and teachers are not yet equipped to provide remote study opportunities.

In this situation, the rich and diverse set of online courses and other learning opportunities offered by the various agencies of the United Nations provide a real alternative for students and teachers who want to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on teaching and learning.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in particular, offers close to 150 certificate courses aimed at criminal practitioners as well as at students of law, criminal justice, international relations and related subject matters. These courses are highly interactive and cover a wide range of topics, including drug trafficking, organized crime, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants, anti-corruption and good governance, crime prevention and criminal justice, criminal intelligence analysis, anti-money laundering, wildlife crime, prison management. An individual module has an average duration of 70-90 minutes and learners can save progress and return to where they have left off as many times as they want. At the end of each course there is a test and upon successful completion the learner obtains a certificate. Access the full course catalogue now!

In addition, within the framework of its Education for Justice Initiative, UNODC has developed a range of full-fledged university courses on crime prevention and criminal justice, organized crime, anti-corruption, firearms, cybercrime, wildlife crime, counter-terrorism, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, and integrity and ethics. These courses are designed for lecturers to facilitate their work in developing new courses or improve upon existing ones in the above-mentioned thematic areas. The courses are composed of up to 14 individual modules, each one equivalent to the approximate teaching content of a week. Lecturers are being provided with a summary of the key issues to be covered, examples of exercises to facilitate interactive and participatory learning, tips of class structures, lists for advance readings, additional teaching tools as well as student assessments.

In short while COVID-19 imposes unprecedented restrictions on our lives, our jobs and our careers it cannot stop us from learning!

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