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TopicThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 Goals to Transform Our World
OverviewThe purpose of the activity is to develop an understanding of the 17 SDGs and why we should be part of the change.
Learning objectivesLearn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raise awareness about social issues
Skills developedTeam spirit development, engagement
MethodSocratic Dialogue
MaterialsImages News: https://www.sciencealert.com/children-today-will-experience-up-to-7-times-more-climate-disasters-than-their-grandparents
Introductory activity:  The facilitator will start the conversation by saying:
I read this today in the newspaper: Children Born Today Are in For a Life Full of Natural Disasters, Unless We Act Now. Compared to babies born in 1960, a series of new models suggests children born after 2010 will experience four times as many extreme climate events in their lifetimes on average, and that’s only if we keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a threshold that is approaching all too fast. A recent report from the United Nations already puts the world on track to warm 2.7 degrees by the end of the century, and according to the new models, that extra degree or so will be exponentially disastrous. If the world warms by 3 degrees Celsius by 2100, the authors predict the average 6-year-old will experience twice as many wildfires and cyclones, three times as many river floods, four times as many crop failures, five times as many droughts, and 36 times as many heat waves as early Gen X-ers.
Source: https://www.sciencealert.com/children-today-will-experience-up-to-7-times-more-climate-disasters-than-their-grandparents
We must do something, don’t you think?
1st part:
The facilitator will begin this part of the activity by asking the children:
Do you know what Development is? Do you know what Sustainable Development is? Do you know what the SDGs are?
Do you know how to count until 17?
Then, they will explain:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of global goals and indicators, in effect since January 2016, defined by the United Nations to frame its policies over the next 15 years. They are implemented through the 2030 Agenda to transform the world. The SDGs were conceived at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. They replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in 2000 launched a global initiative to address the indignity of poverty. They constitute a bold commitment for addressing the most urgent problems facing the world today. The 17 objectives are interrelated, meaning that the success of one affects the others. The SDGs are special in that they cover issues that affect all of humanity. They are ambitious because their goal is that no one is left behind. More importantly, they encourage us to create a safer, more sustainable and prosperous planet.
The facilitator will ask the children: Do you want to create a safer, more sustainable and prosperous planet? Do you want to know the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
Depending on the age of the children, the presentation of the 17 SDGs can be done in several ways:
a) The facilitator names all the 17 SDGs and explains the most relevant info about each one.
b) The facilitator names all the 17 SDG and creates small groups. Each group will investigate one of the SDG and will present it to the rest of the students.
c) The facilitator selects the most relevant* SDG for their community and introduce to their students as is above mentioned (a) and (b).
The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:
GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Updated key data of teach SDGs can be found by visiting https://sdgs.un.org/goals
If you or your students want to go deeper in the knowledge of the SDGs,  you can use these questions:
What are the Global Goals? Who is in charge of the Global Goals? How will the progress of the Global Goals be monitored? Why are there 17 Goals? What is Sustainable Development? Why are the Goals numbers and is the order significant? Are the colours for the Goals significant and how were they chosen? How do we achieve Sustainable Development? Does every country have to achieve all the Goals? How much will it cost to achieve the Goals What happens if the Goals are not achieved? Why is it important that everyone is aware of the Goals? What can I do to contribute to meeting the Global Goals? Can I support just one Goal? Why are they called both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Goals?
Hint: here you have the “official” answers: https://www.globalgoals.org/faq
You can finish the activity by saying “Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone”.
For ages 10-11, we suggest that the facilitators explore "Inquiry-based project methodologies", an approach to learning that emphasizes the student’s role in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas (example of what it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlwkerwaV2E&t=2s  using a Harry Potter example, which can be very interesting for this age group :)
TipsAdditional materialsHow to apply online?What to do at home?
More activities at: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/student-resources/
You can do this activity outdoors or indoors.
Videos about the SGDs:
-WORLD’S LARGEST LESSON ANIMATION: PART 1 This is part 1 of our video series with Aardman Animations, written by Sir Ken Robinson. In this video, Malala Yousafzai (activist for Global Goal 4: Quality Education) introduces the World’s Largest Lesson. https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/resource/malala-introducing-the-the-worlds-largest-lesson/ -WORLD’S LARGEST LESSON ANIMATION: PART 2
This is part 2 of our video series with Aardman Animations, written by Sir Ken Robinson.
This is part 3 of our video series with Aardman Animations, written by Sir Ken Robinson. This video encourages students to think about what they feel most passionate, and shows how small actions can create a chain reaction leading to BIG impact.
Spanish version at https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/es/campaign/getting-started/
-Use this 30 minute lesson plan to teach students aged 8-13 about the Global Goals by putting them in the shoes of the President! This is a great resource to start teaching the World’s Largest Lesson.
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Additional Resource:
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How to apply it online?
The activity can be carried out both at home and at school since it is based on dialogue and the presentation of backup images. It can also be applied fully online.
AuthorElvira Sánchez-Igual*, from AMEI-WAECE. *Cohort 6 #TeachSDGs Ambassador!
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