Education has the power to make a difference. It is widely accepted that education helps to shape the values of future generations and to create inclusive, peaceful, just and sustainable societies. It is essential that the international community, governments and societies invest in quality education for children, girls or boys, to become proactive agents of change.
Contemporary challenges that threaten the rule of law are a source of concern for many societies around the world. These challenges take different forms across societies - from people's loss of trust in institutions to corruption and, in some cases, violence. In some societies, students are made to believe that the lack of rule of law is not only common, but acceptable. Education is essential in providing children, girls and boys, with the knowledge, values, skills and attitudes they need to face challenges to the rule of law and act responsibly within the community. society.
Empowering children, girls and boys, to become agents of change and harness their energy and creativity through global citizenship education is essential to build a global community in which integrity, he ethics, non-discrimination and respect for the rule of law are major societal pillars. This contributes to the achievement of the purpose of the Charter of the United Nations, which is to maintain international peace and security. Teachers play a decisive role in this regard, as they support current and future generations throughout their development so that they acquire a keen awareness, a rigorous moral sense and critical thinking skills that can be transposed constructively. in their daily life.
Building links and partnerships between the justice and education sectors contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 4 - on quality education - and 16 - on peace, justice and strong institutions -, which are key tools for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is in this spirit that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Office United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have established a partnership entitled Promoting the rule of law through global citizenship education: making the right choices.
This manual for primary school teachers is the result of a collaboration between UNESCO's Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative of UNODC, part of of the Global Program for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration. As part of this partnership, UNESCO and UNODC have developed another handbook for secondary school teachers that presents activities, courses and units aimed at strengthening the rule of law and promoting a culture of legality.
We believe that these two books will be useful resources for teachers, both inside and outside the classroom, to empower the new generation to build just societies.
Stefania Giannini and John Brandolino