When I was a student, we hardly knew the other classes in the school. When I taught we were learning about our community but we weren’t connected to other schools. Now schools are connected with each other around the world. Why is that important? If we want them to become contributing members to a global society, they must first become a global citizen. How better to learn about the world than from other global learners rather then to just read about it in textbooks which are often stilted to the view of the educational system they are working under.
Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals? Have you wondered what happened to the Pre 2015 SDGs?
These are very lofty goals the United Nations is putting out there and certainly not to be achieved if changes are not made in our approach. We need to have a better understanding of who we are as an individual, a community, a country before we can meet these goals together as a world. This progression can best be accomplished through an educational system which promotes and supports global learning in real time. Then we will be better able to bring the answers down from the world, to the nations, down to the communities and back to the individuals. Therefore education must start with the individual. As you read each goal put at the beginning just two (2) words;
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
To learn more about these 17 SDGs, read Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.