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[Ambassador report] [Free Report] Educating the Future Generation: Sustainability Education - Global Schools Program

by Catherine Shim | 13-08-2020 15:35 Comments 4 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



This will be the last report of the series “Educating the Future Generation: Sustainability Education.” The past two reports featured the Eco Schools and Green Schools Alliance that have utilized different approaches to engaging students in sustainability. While they both highlight the importance of network in sustainable endeavors, they have employed unique challenges and structures that encourage students to spark change in their community in different ways. This report will cover the Global Schools Program an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network participated by schools over more than 75 countries. 

Global Schools Program

Over 1000 schools around the world are part of the Global Schools Program, which was initiated by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network with the support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The program focuses on educating students on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and environmental issues around the world today. It provides lesson plans for teachers in primary and secondary schools to teach their students about SDGs. Furthermore, it is a platform for schools and educators to create a network to share and collaborate on creating educational content to engage their students on learning about SDGs. While the pandemic has made it difficult for face-to-face teaching to happen, the online resources from the Global Schools Program allows easy transition for schools to educate students in a virtual learning environment. 

Global Schools utilize two main focuses in implementing sustainability education: grassroots advocacy and school outreaches. It provides sixty lesson plans for students grade 1 to 12 to aid educators in teaching about different sustainable development goals. Furthermore, it also provides resources for students through virtual resources such as Earth School, SDG Academy Library, TED videos, SDG book clubs, and interactive activities such as games, quizzes, books, and comics. Through these resources, Global Schools aim to educate students about sustainability via a variety of platforms to make their learning experiences more insightful and interactive. The program also runs an advocacy program, where different community leaders and organizations are trained to advocate for education for sustainable development in their respective communities. By having local advocates, the program aims to localize the SDGs and make local communities more aware of issues prevalent in their region as well as help create a solution for them. 

The recent natural disasters and abnormal weather phenomenons have made us more aware of the impacts of climate change. It is important for us to actively address the issue and take on the responsibility of addressing these issues on a local, national, and global scale. In order to make this possible, the first step can be through education. By educating our youth on the implications of our actions and importance of sustainable development, we can hopefully be able to take adequate measures to address climate change and save our one and only planet Earth. 

Sources:

Global Schools Program, https://www.globalschoolsprogram.org/

4 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Catherine
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you for your report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 19-09-2020 11:11

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Catherine Shim, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    I believe that education is really important because people can behave when they know how to behave. Therefore, it is especially indispensable to educate young people who will lead the future. Raising awareness on the environmental issue will help the earth to return to its original state before pollution!

    Green cheers~!
    Posted 28-08-2020 02:12

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Catherine Shim this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for your article on sustainable education! I think it's a good article with a lot of your thoughts in it. Especially, education seems to be more important because it is a good means to inform future generations of the right values related to the environment. As I've been watching the isolation of the Corona virus these days, I've been thinking that if we use an online platform to educate people about this environment, it's going to be much more accessible and influential people all over the world. On platforms like YouTube and Facebook. Don't you think it'd be a good idea to give it a try?

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 14-08-2020 17:45

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Catherine

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on ducating the Future Generation: Sustainability Education - Global Schools Program

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 13-08-2020 21:25

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