If you are planning for a year, sow rice;
if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
- Chinese Proverb
Global Schools recruits and trains community leaders and organizations to advocate for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in their communities, and supports schools in implementing our curriculum in classrooms.
We regularly survey and interview our local advocates, schools, and teachers to identify the needs and challenges of our stakeholders in order to design our advocacy and research methodologies accordingly.
We identify, showcase and celebrate advocates, partners, communities, schools, classrooms, and/or teachers that are effectively implementing ESD, and use this to motivate other stakeholders to accelerate their efforts.
from 80+ countries
Presenting in 2000+ schools
Localizing the sdgs
Global Schools Advocates promote the SDGs in various school settings and mobilize young people around the SDGs.
The Advocates go through a training period and then serve as champions of the Global Schools Program locally and have the mission of coordinating local efforts to empower schools and teachers to educate children on sustainable development, global citizenship and 21st century skills.
90% of the advocates express interested in continuing to engage with the program and 94% said that they would recommend becoming an Advocate to their peers and colleagues.
Advocates come from a variety of backgrounds, and have varying motivation that brings them to the Global Schools Program
Desire to teach curriculum on the SDGs and sustainability;
Desire to continue youth activism work;
Desire to contribute to a positive, global mission and create sustainable impact or change in their community and country;
An opportunity to further their career and build their network;
An opportunity to engage with students;
An opportunity to expand knowledge on the SDGs;
Prior interest in global citizenship education and sustainability;
Passion for transforming lives and communities;
Passion or prior experience in development work.
92% of the Advocates Agreed or Strongly Agreed that being a global schools Advocate helped them grow professionally and contributed towards their career goals.
89% of Advocates Agreed or Strongly Agreed that their work had a positive effect on their community.
91% of Advocates Agreed or Strongly Agreed that their work increased awareness in of the SDGs in their community.
Get to know our Global Schools Advocates in action!
“It has been my life-long dream to help my community in one way or the other and this program has given me an avenue to be bold and address societal problems by starting first from the classroom through education.”
- an Advocate in nigeria