The Global Schools Program aims to incorporate sustainable development into schools globally by training young volunteers to advocate for the incorporation of the SDGs and global citizenship education into schools in their local communities.
- Former United Nations Secretary-General,
The impact of the COVID pandemic reveals the urgency and duty to devote attention to sustinable development, and educate the leaders of tomorrow to more effectively deal with future shocks and disasters. The world needs many more of its citizens, especially the next generation, to have the necessary knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills to build resilient and prosperous communities. Research shows that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a crucial tool for achieving this transformation, which not only empowers students to shape a better world, but also perform better in school. ESD fosters leadership and 21st century skills in students, empowering them to engage in the global movement for a more sustainable future, while inspiring schools to play a critical role in achieving the SDGs by 2030. Global Schools supports educators and schools in creating more equipped students and societies to deal with the new and pressing challenges of the 21st century.
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a global research and policy network launched by the UN Secretary-General to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. Founded in 2012 and guided by an 80-member Leadership Council, the SDSN operates under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. It coordinates a 1,100-member network of institutions in over 100 countries to support SDG localization and implementation.
Global Schools is an initiative of the SDSN in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Global Schools' mission is to create a world where every primary and secondary school student is equipped with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for effectively responding to the greatest challenges of this century and shaping a sustainable and prosperous world. Global Schools adopts two key approaches in its global strategy to implement Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in schools and classroom: grassroots advocacy and outreach to schools, as well as research partnerships with universities to design localized curriculum.
The Global Schools Program, in partnership with the SDG Academy, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, and UNESCO, will be launching a high-level global task force to accelerate policy and research efforts on Education for Sustainable development across K-12, tertiary and professional education sectors.