Nancy Kisangau is a fourth year student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor degree in Law. Prior to this, she worked in the Kenya National Human Rights Commission as an attaché in the Reforms and accountability department. She has also worked in the government sector as an intern in the National Housing Corporation, a state parastatal committed to effectuating housing rights for Kenyan citizens.
After graduating with a BA in Economics and English, Amanda worked for the Chilean Ministry of Education as an English teacher in Chile. While there, she volunteered for an urban development NGO that was carrying out 24 community projects and helped draft Frutillar, Chile’s successful application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. During her career, she has worked with international youth on educational programs sponsored by the British Council and the U.S. Department of State. She is a former White House intern and an incoming Fulbright Scholar.
Felix is currently a National Youth Service Corp member serving his country, Nigeria at Ministry of Works, Uyo, Akwa Ibom. He graduated from Swansea University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. Felix developed a strong devotion to Youth Empowerment and giving back to his Community during his time at Swansea University from various leadership roles e.g. Sports Officer and Trustee of Swansea University Students’ Union, Treasurer of 2 societies etc. These experiences gave him an appreciation of how initiatives can significantly impact people’s lives.
Harun Momanyi is a youth empowerment expert, a socioeconomic development journalist and an entrepreneur. He is passionate about the SDGs. Originally from Kenya, Harun currently works as the Head of Kenya with Reform Africa Group, a Pan-African organization focusing on creating solutions to help youth realize meaningful employment and tackle life challenges better. In 2014, he was finalist in the Haller Prize for Development Journalism, became and ambassador for the NUHA Foundation Global Blogging Prize in 2015, a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 nominee in 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC World News Service Komla Dumor Award in 2018.
Victor is an Engineer and a problem solver. He is passionate about education and poverty eradication. Victor currently works as Cofounder and facilitator of Tech the girl Child Africa (TGC) an outreach program that seeks to engage over 10,000 girl child, especially in Africa with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
Victor is also serving as Director of sales and marketing at Mingcart, a company he cofounded in 2016 to unify Africa through culture and traditions.
Victor has received a number of prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards for his dedication to education. He hopes see everyone educated someday.
Ezinne is a youth passionate about issues pertaining to inclusive growth, sustainable development, climate change and the enormous transformations taking place in especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. She seeks to earn a doctorate degree in Development Economics and her career goal is to be a development economist in an international development organization.
Global Schools was launched in October 2018 at the IB World Conference in Vienna, Austria. Global Schools is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), 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. 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. The Global Schools Program has been working internationally to support schools and educators with evidence-informed training and localized classroom resources in order to integrate sustainable development into school curricula, operations, and activities.
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What we do
Global Schools (GS) is a data-driven and evidence-based international education program that equips teachers with the knowledge, tools, and resources to promote ESD within their schools and classrooms. To do this, GS has developed a teacher training methodology called the Global Schools Advocates Program. This program equips teachers with training, a toolkit, and resources to transform pedagogy and promote sustainable development literacy in classrooms. GS complements this initiative with its research programs and high-level policy outreach.
Why it Matters
Research shows that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and its core pedagogical features, can be highly effective tools for enhancing educational outcomes, including increased academic skills and student attendance.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of ESD, it is not integrated into all classrooms globally. This is because policies have not been supported by increased resources to build teacher capacity and expertise on new pedagogical approaches
Research shows ESD fosters socio-emotional skills by engaging students in critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. ESD contributes to improved mental health, improved values toward minority groups, and improved conflict-resolution skills.
ESD gives students the knowledge and skills to navigate the challenges of the 21st century, including social, environmental, and economic disparities. ESD is also linked to more civic engagement and increased positive environmental behaviors.
Mission 4.7 brings together leaders from government, academia, civil society, and business to accelerate the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development around the world. Mission 4.7 draws upon UNESCO’s global leadership, as well as on its responsibility for the monitoring of SDG Target 4.7. Global Schools is a proud co-founder and partner of Mission 4.7. Given the importance of SDG Target 4.7 to children and young people, Mission 4.7 and the Education Technical Working Group will act as a high-level advisory board for the work of Global Schools.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General, will serve as co-patrons of Mission 4.7. The initiative will be co-chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, Chairman of the Sunway Group; Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education; and Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, representing Pope Francis.