22 December 2014 – UNODC recently unveiled its Global eLearning Programme, a platform for law enforcement officials all over the world. The eLearning courses address current security threats such as transnational organized crime, illicit drugs, human trafficking, and smuggling of migrants, as well as border and container control, forensics, and human rights, among other subjects.
The Global eLearning Programme has been designed to reach public officials operating in remote areas with little or no internet connection. Trainings are offered through a mobile training unit -a van equipped with an electric generator- , and a local eLearning server with laptops connected to it.
In early December, the eLearning Programme was deployed on mobile units in Southeast Asia. Law enforcement officers from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam received training on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. Other similar mobile eLearning sessions have been conducted in Thailand, on border control and human rights, in order to improve the capacity of the local police force to tackle crime and promote respect for human rights in sensitive border areas.
The Programme, a cost-effective knowledge delivery method, is a response to the increasing need for building up Member States’ capacities to combat crime, tailoring its curricula to meet each country’s needs while complying with international eLearning standards. The learning modules, developed by UNODC together with international experts, are complemented by an extensive content library which is frequently updated. Additionally, the eLearning platform includes multimedia content produced in different languages that can be shared with the existing systems of government agencies and international partners.