10 October 2018

SDSN-Youth launches the Global Schools Program to engage students with the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), as part of its continuous outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shares this article related to Goal 4 - Quality Education.

10 October 2018 - The Sustainable Development Solutions Network - SDSN, a partner of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), recently announced the launching of the first digital hub of SDG resources for schools and educators through the Global Schools Program. This program is an initiative led by SDSN Youth in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP-ESD), created to generate interest about sustainable development in schools in an effort to educate and engage students with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to encourage them to prioritize the Goals.

The program aims to do this by transforming learning environments and making schools the hubs of education and leadership on SDGs, ultimately becoming vehicles for empowering and mobilizing students and young people. It provides schools and teachers with resources for a better understanding about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Such resources include a selection of TED Talks classified by Goals as well as a compilation of games and quizzes for all ages, related to specific Goals or the SDGs as a whole. There are additional resources by Comics Uniting Nations and TheGoals.org portal.

There is also the possibility to access structured and easy to use lesson plans as well as guidelines and activities to help schools and teachers educate students about the SDGs, designed and presented per each one of the elementary, middle and high school grades. Each lesson plan contains instructional and understanding goals, essential questions, learning standards, student learning objectives, assessment, sequence of activities and links to additional resources, if needed. "Let’s build a movement for the sustainable development from your classrooms, our planet needs it”, said Siamak Sam Loni, Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth.