Education for Justice (E4J), a component of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, took part in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), presenting an overview of its educational programme on the Launch Pad. In a press statement, Marco Teixeira, Senior Programme Officer, said that it was a meaningful coincidence to speak of education on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. “Our programme’s promotion of a culture of lawfulness, towards the global goal for peaceful and just societies, begins by default with education not only on what is right and wrong, but also on what are the rights and responsibilities of every member of society, beginning with the youngest ones,” he said. In the last four years, the Doha Programme has developed numerous educational resources which hinge on the basics of rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice. At the last WISE Summit in Paris, E4J launched an important education policy guide on Strengthening Rule of Law, developed jointly with Unesco through their Global Citizenship Education partnership.
At the high-level E4J conference (Inspire Change Together) last month in Vienna, E4J launched with Unesco two essential handbooks to help teachers anywhere address these issues at the primary and secondary level: Empowering Students for Just Societies. Investing in educational innovations, E4J has produced – among others — board games (like Cyberstrike, which challenges students to think strategically to fight cybercrime), electronic games (like Chuka, Break the Silence, which tackles gender-based violence on children), hackathons on lawfulness themes (in partnership with giants of the tech world like Facebook and Symantec), permanent museum exhibits (like the Tin Marin exhibit on harassment and cybercrime), cartoons series (namely the colourful aliens Zorbs), a Model United Nations guide on UNODC fields, and even comic books.
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