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SDG article24 July 2018 - TeachSDGs is a global movement of teachers that aims to engage and empower every classroom on earth with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The movement has developed an attractive starter kit with free online resources to get the World’s Largest Lesson going.


The Global Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. 

The SDGs were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities. The SDGs include new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The 17 Global Goals are:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all level
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Global movement of teachers

TeachSDGs is a global movement of teachers pledging to actively support and enhance the work of the United Nations' efforts within K-12 classrooms and contributes in the following ways:

  • connect with global educators dedicated to responding to a call to action within education to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • point to open and accessible resources, lessons plans and global projects directly aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • advance the work of the United Nations in relation to education through advocacy and outreach to inform K-12 and higher education stakeholders, defined as educators, students, parents, and community members.

You can find more information about the movement on their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter with #TeachSDGSs.


The World’s Largest Lesson: Online Resources Starter Kit

Microsoft badgeTeachSDGs has compiled an attractive starter kit of online resources to get teachers going with the World's Largest Lesson.

Best #TeachSDGs course:
The one hour Microsoft Education course equips you with relevant information and tools so you can take part in the World’s Largest Lesson and create and share your own learning resources to do so. Completing this course will earn you a badge and 500 points on the Microsoft Educator Community.

Best K-12 #TeachSDGs lesson plans:
On the World's Largest Lesson website you can join the global community that will participate in the largest lesson event and find relevant teaching resources per Sustainable Development Goal.

Easiest way to spark empathy:
Empatico is a free online tool  that connects classrooms around the world. It empowers teachers and students to explore the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy. The Empatico tool combines live video with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students ages 7-11. You could for example use to platform to set up a class-to-class video match.

Best #TeachSDGs "hook" videos:
The Global Goals' YouTube channel where you'll find a collection of videos that speak to the Global Goals in general and to each of the 17 Goals specifically. 


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