07.11.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Strengthening the rule of law through education: a guide for policymakers in Portuguese

This guide for policymakers seeks to fill the gap related to a lack of understanding among educational professionals about how the role of building just and peaceful societies and trust in public institutions can be best fulfilled, and about the full meaning of the rule of law and its particular implications for education. As defined by the United Nations Secretary General, the rule of law is ‘a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards’ (United Nations, 2004, p. 4).

This document aims to provide an overview of how the education sector as a whole can leverage its transformational power to support and encourage young people to be positive and constructive members of society, while also mitigating challenges to the rule of law. As such, it seeks to complement already existing issue-specific guides focusing on single problems such as gang violence, trafficking etc.

Brasília : UNESCO/UNODC, 2019. 68 p.

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