The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals defined by the United Nations to tackle the world's biggest problems by 2030.
Why teach the SDGs at Sidcot?
The goals form a useful lens through which to look at the most pressing global issues. Hundreds of millions of people don't have enough food to eat; women still earn less than men and have fewer rights; plant and animal species are rapidly vanishing; and the gap between rich and poor is indeed getting wider.
More than 40 per cent of the global population are between the ages of 10 and 24 – the largest youth population ever. To solve the world's problems, the next generation needs to know what those problems are. A good way to ensure this is to teach them about the SDGs.
Studying the goals is part of a broader, international approach to learning. Our research shows that this improves academic skills, helps learners’ mental and moral development and motivates them. It also helps students find jobs when they leave school.
For schools, there's a positive influence on their ethos and relationship with the local community.
Each month we will set the school a new challenge to address, research and explore a goal. This month we are looking at poverty and ask the students to take the ‘poverty box challenge’. The ‘Poverty Box’ Challenge asks you to buy all of your food for 1 week for £12.25 (1.75 per day). Take pictures to document what you have bought or made each day and share it with #PovertyBox. At the end of the week, you must nominate 3 friends on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram to take the same challenge!
Director, Centre for Peace and Global Studies