Global citizenship education for the rule of law: doing the right thing

Addressing today’s challenges to peace, justice and the rule of law is of vital concern for many societies across the world, notably in response to recent backlashes in this field that undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms. To promote the rule of law through education, UNESCO has formed a partnership with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Entitled “UNESCO/UNODC Initiative on Global Citizenship Education: Educating for a culture of lawfulness”, this joint project will help education professionals design and implement educational interventions that equip learners with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to constructively and responsibly engage in society. This includes upholding the principle of justice and helping build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

By strengthening the capacities of policymakers, educators, teacher trainers and curriculum developers, the partnership will empower learners to engage in society as constructive and ethically responsible agents of change, supporting justice and strong institutions. This, in turn, will enhance societies’ resilience to violent extremism by promoting a positive sense of identity and belonging.

A set of products and activities will be developed in 2018 and 2019, pooling both organizations’ expertise on education, the rule of law and crime prevention. This will include guidance material for education policymakers, toolkits for primary and secondary level educators, and capacity-building workshops based on these materials, and to further promote the prevention of violent extremism through education.

These activities are implemented in the framework of UNESCO’s ongoing work relating to Global Citizenship Education and are designed to support UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a component of UNODC’s Global Programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration. The partnership directly contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 4 (in particular target 4.7) and 16, calling for quality education and the building of peace, justice and strong institutions.