Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teachers ! Join the World's Largest Lesson

World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: 
  • End extreme poverty. 
  • Fight inequality & injustice. 
  • Fix climate change. 
The 17 Global Goals

If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, educators will help them become the generation that will change the world.

Goal 4 : Education
The goal 4 is Education. Our most important goal as educators. 

This Goal aims to ensure that by 2030 all girls and boys around the world can complete free primary and secondary education. 

You could show in the classroom the film clip below from UNICEF to start off a lesson on the topic of 4th goal, education:

In the clip, children from all around the world tell us what education means to them - what does it mean to the children in your class?

It also includes targets supporting: the provision of pre-school education; equal access to tertiary and vocational education; enhanced vocational, technical, numeracy and literacy skills among young people and adults; reduced gender disparity in education provision; enhanced provision for vulnerable people and those with disabilities; and the recruitment of more teachers, especially in less developed.

Let's start our world's largest lesson ! Everything you need for your World's Largest Lesson is available at the website The World's Largest Lesson

Languages: The resources are available in 10 languages. No excuse ! You will find your language or the language you teach this school year.

The resources are introduced by children's heroes and are available in 10 languages, as i wrote above. They are straight forward and easy to use or develop.

With teachers and students helping we are going to have an amazing story to tell! 


Digital Resources:

On the website The World's Largest Lesson you will find everything you need to teach a lesson. You can find:
  • Lesson plans created by teachers, 
  • A techers' guide, 
  • A comic book ; a wonderful animation, 
  • a Global Goals guide for young people, and much more.
These pages provide information and resources to support teaching about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
On the website, you will find a wealth of background information on all of the Global Goals, together with teaching tips, classroom activity ideas and links to lesson plans, film clips and teaching packs.

  • Teachers guide: plans. Each plan have the time and age range;
  • The goals : a global goals animation video ; the global goals comic book ; the global goals guide written by and for children and young people across the world.
  • Global animation video:

  • The global goals comic book:

The Global Goals comic book

Comics are effective teaching tools.  They require readers to not only passively receive information, but also interact with the text and images to construct meaning, and that is the key to the magic. Words and pictures work together!
Heroes for Change comic introduces the Global Goals and invites children to become superheroes themselves, by taking action to end poverty, inequality and climate change.

Students can read the comic book online ; download or print comic here.

Teachers can find more about using comics in the classroom here
  • The global goals comic book ; the global goals guide written by and for children and young people:

As educators, we have the power to inform and empower children and young people, so they are able to take action to help end poverty, reduce inequality and fight climate change.

  • Subjects & ideas:
Here are some teaching ideas for exploring the Goal 4 through different subjects:

English / Mother tongue (in 10 languages): Invite your students to write letters to friends in other countries (real or imaginary) describing school and school experiences.
Maths: Calculate percentages of boys/girls, primary/secondary etc pupils in education in different countries.
Geography: Use ShowWorld maps to help analyse education situations in different countries.
History: Focus on a historic education campaign (for example, education for girls, free education, universal primary education, other) and study the motivations, process and outcomes.

Civics : Students can imagine being the teacher for a day and write and perform role-plays of how they would run a class.
I do it sometimes, and students love playing the teacher. They prepare the lesson very well and they run a class with teacher tutoring and classmates cooperating.

Age range : from 4/5 to 15/16

Other resources: 

You can download a toolkit for children and young people who want to make sure their voice is heard in a post-2015 world. 

The toolkit will help them develop the advocacy and campaign actions that they themselves want to take.

Some thoughts:

It’s one great big opportunity to foster global citizenship in your school, support students learning across a range of subject areas such as languages, science, geography, maths, citizenship and technology and develop big ideas including human rights, poverty, and environmental issues.

Students love to participate in great human causes. I remember the Earth Day first time they had the opportunity to join the Global Campaign for EducationPeace Day, We can end PovertyZero Discrimination.

Schools and teachers have a great role inspiring children and young adults know what they can do to get involved and become true global citizens!

The Global Goals and some of their themes can select and shape lessons that are relevant for the children that you teach.

Of course, you can share stories, photos and videos of your lessons directly The World Largest Lesson website or on twitter or facebook


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