Teachers worldwide to lecture on new UN development goals
MANILA, Philippines – Teachers across the globe are to give a universal lecture on the week of September 26, 2015, when the United Nations (UN) launches the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This lecture aims to brief students in the primary and secondary levels, aged 8 to 14, on what the goals entail and how they, as young global citizens, can help meet the targets by the set 2030 deadline.
Over 95 countries representing around 560 million children have committed to take part in this massive information dissemination initiative called The World’s Largest Lesson led by UK-based TES, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
An animated film by Sir Ken Robinson, an English education advocate, will be released on the World’s Largest Lesson website on September 1 to kick off the initiative. Other resources that aim to encourage youth involvement in global citizenship will also be released and made available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Educators across the globe may upload on the site their lesson plans, which should detail how they are going to talk about the SDGs to their students. They are encouraged to integrate SDG themes most relevant to their community.
These themes include poverty, health and well-being, education and employment, justice and equality, sustainability, and the environment.
The initiative is part of Project Everyone, a campaign whose ambition is "to share the global goals with 7 billion people in 7 days.”
In this video, campaign leader Richard Curtis talks about the project:
The people behind the project believe that “the more famous these global goals are, and the more widely they are understood by everyone the more politicians will take them seriously, finance them properly, refer to them frequently and make them work.”
The SDGs cover universal issues of poverty, health, education, equality, and climate change, among others.
These are the UN’s next step towards universal development following the Millennium Development Goals, whose deadline is at the end of 2015. The draft for the goals will be presented at the UN Headquarters in New York. (You may find a list of the SDGs here) - Rappler.com
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