SDG Teach In – Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February

SDG Teach In – Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February

From the 19th to 23rd February 2018 NUS are holding their first ever “SDG Teach In” to raise awareness of why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be at the heart of further and higher education, and help catalyse the change needed to make this happen.

To date, 110 teaching staff across 24 institutions have pledged and will reach 6,735 students during the week.

Sustainable Schools Alliance (SSA) members are getting behind this initiative and supporting primary and secondary schools they work with to include the SDGs, often referred to as the Global Goals, in their lessons during the week. The educational work of SSA members collectively touches on all of the SDGs so this initiative can take many inspiring forms. Pledges, projects and case studies will be added to this blog as the happen.

Anyone can share what they are doing educate and inspire action on the SDGs – @NUSsustainable  #SDGTeachIn

Members Pledges for Action

Green Schools Project is using this opportunity to encourage their four university student volunteers to speak to the school students they are meeting about the SDG’s. They will enable the classes to understand how the projects they are working on related to the SDG’s.
As the quote goes, ‘the best way to learn is to teach’.

Hawthorns School are teaching the SDG’s to Year 6 and Year 8. The Year 8 students will be researching and creating powerpoint presentations about the different SDG’s in their ICT lessons.

Target 4 Green has been very busy having just completed the 5th Beyond COP 21 Symposium in Dubhi and leading a teacher CPD session with a focus on SDG 12 – Responsible Production & Consumption. Target 4 Green founder Peter Milne said ‘Through working on the goals identified with #12, a positive effect on other SDGs can be achieved; in particular No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Good Health and Well-Being’.

1World-Unite take students on a voyage of discovery through their monthly newsletter which invites them to become more informed about the things that matter and asks ‘so what will you do today?’ Each issue is available to download here and looks at what can be done to address different Global Goals locally and globally.

Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists (OASES) and Global Education Centre, York have been delivering CDP sessions with a specific focus on the SDG’s, supported by the Global Learning Programme. Freshly motivated teachers fed back:

‘Lots of signposting to great resources, good ideas of how to implement SDG’s in class’

‘Very good for an introduction to the goals and sharing of ideas’

This week OASES are delegates visiting from Florence, Italy part of the Interreg funded Rebus Project (@Rebus_Project). The training will highlight OASES’s work on Energy Efficiency with schools and other public buildings in order to drive action on SDGs 7 – Affordable & Clean Energy and 13 – Climate Action.

The SSA Coordinator is teaching food growing and leading a visit to a wetland site with primary students during the SDG Teach In week and pledges to introduce the Global Goals symbols in an activities about  Life On Land (and under the soil) and Life Below Water into my sessions, reaching 150 students.

  • Ann Finlayson

    Great start everyone! SEEd has committed to keep offering its successful Young Change Makers programme after 2 great events. So if you are a University looking for an outreach programme – do contact us!