Yesterday, at the Education World Forum, Richard Curtis, film director and co-founder of Comic relief and Project Everyone – who run the Global Goals campaign – set out his hope and ambition to make sure all children, around the world, get a chance to learn about the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Mr Curtis made an impassioned plea, to the nearly 100 Ministries of Education present at the forum, to include the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in their curriculums or to have a week in the school calendar when all schools teach about the Goals and global citizenship. He argued that if children around the world learn about the goals and what they can do to help achieve them, we have a chance to create a new generation of global citizens who are informed and empowered to help the world overcome the problems it faces. The potential impact on poverty, security and inequality, if the new Goals become the new universal language for children around the world, is truly world changing.
The World’s Largest Lesson is one element of the Global Goals campaign; the initiative develops free, creative, materials in a range of language to help education providers teach about the new Goals around the world. In 2015 one hundred and sixty countries undertook the lesson, mostly during the week after the goals were announced at the UN; millions of children took part. This scale was reached through partnerships with Ministries of Education, teachers unions and networks, INGOs, UN agencies, youth groups and other education providers.
In 2016 we are looking to expand on our existing foundation and partnership to make sure more children, of more ages, are not just learning about the Goals but are learning how to take action to help achieve the goals.
Within the goals there is a target on global citizenship education, within the education goal:
“By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation o f cultural diversity and o f culture’s contribution to sustainable development ”
We are here to help governments achieve this target; and help create a new generation of global citizens.