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OU and UNODC Education for Justice online course translated into Spanish

Spanish UNODC Course

The Education for Justice (E4J) online course – developed to prevent crime and promote lawfulness to students – has been translated into Spanish, widening its appeal further than ever before.

Created thanks to a partnership between the OU’s Open Justice Centre and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), E4J supplies integrity and ethics education resources for schools, colleges and universities around the world.

The five-hour certified Online Training-of-Trainers course launched in November 2019 to introduce the core teaching methods, learning principles and ethical concepts that underpin the E4J Integrity and Ethics Modules. It was later updated by the Open Justice Centre – part of the Law School – with additional material from the E4J anti-corruption modules. The resource is titled ‘Implementing UNODC’s E4J initiative in your university’.

Hugh McFaul, Director of the Open Justice Centre, said: “UNODC asked us to get involved in this work thanks to the OU’s track record of producing innovative distance learning materials. This year, the online format has become particularly relevant, with the Covid-19 pandemic putting a stop to any traditional, face-to-face teaching. To now have it translated into Spanish is yet another achievement which means it can be opened up to a wider audience.

“These materials are designed to help university lecturers to teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law. The materials give educators an accessible, inspiring introduction to the content, teaching methods and ethical concepts of E4J.

“We are honoured to be working with UNODC in this way. It is a great vote of confidence for the Open Justice Centre and our ability to leverage online learning for the benefit of civil society.”

The course also encourages students to actively engage in their communities and future professions as part of the E4J project.

Hugh added: “We are focused on encouraging sustainable development and arming the next generation with the tools, knowledge and mechanisms to make the world a better place. This E4J project is engaging students in issues that matter and which will affect their lives and the future.”

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