#TeachSDGs for educators in the UK
Having been asked by teachers in the UK for more information on the #TeachSDGs movement, I've put together a very quick response here. An even quicker one is to visit the website, take the pledge and get stuck in... and use the TeachSDGs hashtag! Here are some more details, including a few examples of relevant activities and publications.
What is #TeachSDGs?
There have been at least two significant UN Higher Level Political Forums this year that have both profiled the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL) and the need to #TeachSDGs. Www.teachsdgs.com organically emerged in early 2017 and is now a growing global movement of educators. It involves taking a pledge to #teachSDGs, connecting up on twitter to @teachSDGs and sharing ideas/practice around the world. I am on the Task Force with 16 others (including the 4 members of the founding executive team: @AdaMMcKim @SkypeAmy @JenWilliamsEdu @ProfeEdTech):
'We, the Global Goals Educator Task Force, in partnership with the United Nations, aim to strengthen the voice of the Educator in their sessions, meetings, and events pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals. We seek a world where every child learns about the inspiring Global Goals - and we welcome any and all partners and opportunities that move us all closer to this objective. We recruit teachers, gather data, cherish ideas, and submit recommendations directly to the UN annually. Passionate about policy, advocacy, innovation, design thinking, and best practices in global education, we bring diverse perspectives and deep commitment to the SDGs and the children of our world. We invite you to learn more by touring the website, following us at @TeachSDGs, or by contacting us at TeachSDGs@gmail.com' (www.teachsdgs.org)
There are now also a growing number of inspirational teachers and educators involved in the TeachSDGs Ambassador Programme.
The #TeachSDGS movement is supporting the World’s Largest Lesson and vice versa, for example the WLL in partnership with Microsoft Education have produced a great little #TeachSDGS course https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/courses/SDG
So what’s going on in the UK?
Lots! Acknowledging that there are many NGOs, charities, Development Education Centres and individuals now focusing on engaging with the SDGs education (and not wishing to exclude any of these) here are just a few 2017 highlights and publications for those interested in #TeachSDGs in the UK:
March: DFID publishes Agenda 2030: The UK government’s approach to delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development – at home and around the world
March: The Global Learning Programme (England) had their 'Spring into Sustainability' month, producing SDG teaching resources and links every day of March.
April: Environmental Audit Committee produces report on SDGs and need for UK Government to do more
UNESCO publishes Education for SDGs: Learning Objectives.
July: Global Educator of the Year Award 2017 with the theme of raising awareness of the SDGs, the winner was Jane Yates (@philos_backpack)
September 14th: TEESnet conference ‘Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real’
September w/b 18th – Global Goals week and WLL 2017 –a number of events are happening across the UK (watch this space!)
If you know of more things going on, let me know and I'll add them to the list!
What twitter accounts/hashtags are worth following?
#teachSDGs #SDGs #ActionSDG4 #SDGschat (each individual SDG hashtag e.g. #SDG4 #SDG10) @theworldslesson @globalgoalsUN @teachsdgs @SustDev @SDG_Academy @SDGAction @globalcompact @Unicef @UNSDSN @YouthSDGs @SDSNYouth @Education2030UN ... to name just a few! (oh and I'm @ham1)