Comics, movies & lawfulness: Education 4 Justice teaching tools available to lockdown learners during COVID 19


For decades, UNODC has been a global leader in the fight against crime and illicit drugs, assisting Member States in their struggle to prevent and control these scourges which destroy so many lives and livelihoods. With the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, funded by the State of Qatar to promote a culture of lawfulness around the world, UNODC added a crucial element to this struggle which unites all nations: the education of younger generations to ensure a better tomorrow.

UNODC's Education 4 Justice has developed tools for primary and secondary education, including educational materials for teachers, parents, students, Model United Nations, and education policymakers.

The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative aims to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through educational activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary levels. These activities will help educators to provide future generations with the means to better understand and combat problems that can undermine the rule of law, and to encourage students to become actively involved in their communities and in their future professions. A set of materials and activities for primary and secondary levels has been developed in partnership with UNESCO.

E4J resources for Primary School (ages 6-12 approx) 

  • Nine cartoons and nine comic strips tell the story of an imaginary planet and its inhabitants, the Zorbs, who overcome a range of challenges through a variety of life skills such as conflict resolution, critical thinking, empathy and teamwork, as well as values such as acceptance, fairness, integrity and respect.
  • Nine lesson plans on the Zorbs: these lesson plans designed for teachers also include activities that students can carry out with their families/home.
  • Two colouring books and a story book based on the Zorbs and their adventures.
  • Zorbify: a comic book tool that encourages children to build stories in an engaging and creative way.
  • The Online Zoo: this book for young children addresses the issues of cyberstalking and Internet safety.
  • Chuka: a video game about gender-based violence. It comes with a guide for parents and a comic book.

E4J resources for secondary school (college/ high school, ages 13-18 approx.) 

  • Six videos on UNODC mandates: these videos with accompanying teacher guides are intended more for the classroom, but adolescents can watch them on their own if they wish. The videos on corruption, human trafficking and illicit firearms trafficking are accompanied by teaching guides in French.
  • Three San Servolo Comics: This comic book series aims to make various topics accessible and interesting to high school students, including corruption, organized crime, terrorism, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. In San Servolo, these topics are part of a story told through the eyes of two teenagers.
  • Six board games: These printable games are available in different languages - currently five are available in English and one in French entitled "Play for Integrity".
  • Zorbs Reloaded: this video game, available on the Google Play store (for Android only), hasn't been officially launched yet but is already available in a test phase. It is a city building strategy game with a role-playing component. Players are tasked with rebuilding a destroyed planet called Zorb while preserving certain core values such as integrity, fairness, and acceptance. 
  • A resource guide for organizing Model UN conferences on crime prevention, criminal justice and other aspects of the rule of law. 



For more information:

Education for Justice (E4J) initiative
Global Citizenship Education: Doing the right thing  
Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration