Education is the most powerful path to sustainability. Economic and technological solutions, political regulations or financial incentives are not enough. We need a fundamental change in the way we think and act.
– Irina Bokova,
Director-General of UNESCO (2012)
If you are a school teacher that wishes to begin integrating sustainability and the SDGs in your lessons,
or If you are a student that wants to learn more about sustainability,
Please check out our lesson plans and activities here!
The Global Schools Program has an abundance of online resources that we want to share with you!
Using these lessons and resources enables teachers to bring these global issues in the classroom and start important conversations about gender equality, access to basic care, and education.
The SDGs give students opportunities reflect on the role they want to take as they are preparing to become global citizens.
Already, teachers everywhere are leading the sustainable development effort by integrating the SDGs into classrooms and creating lesson plans, activities and projects aligned with the SDGs, becoming change-makers on the ground and inspiring governments to take action.
Teaching the SDGs isn’t just about implementing change in one class, school or community, it is about entering a vibrant community of educators that exchange ideas and best practices across borders, using the SDGs as a common framework to set the new standards in education.
Students rely on teachers to design their learning experience and it is teachers’ responsibility help them develop their own insights into the main world issues.
Teachers are shaping the minds of the future decision-makers, voters, consumers and citizens.
Teachers can bring transformational changes in students’ ways of thinking and inspire them to start acting and make a difference in their own community.
Teachers are a unique position to inspire students to lead sustainable lifestyles, choose certain career paths, and more!
We have many exciting opportunities available in the areas of research, communications, advocacy, and curriculum design.
Serving as a Teachers Advocate for the Global Schools Program will equip you with SDG and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) tools to help you transform learning environments, promote the SDGs in various school settings, and mobilize your students around the SDGs!
Teachers Advocates will serve as official spokespersons for the Global Schools Program and as local Focal Points within schools to continue advocating for ESD education within learning communities.
Research shows that actions at the school policy level play an important role in ESD integration as well as coordinating effective communication, shared leadership, and a school culture into one common vision.
It is crucial to have a whole-of-school approach to change in order to positively impact behaviors of learners.
Join our network of schools and pledge to support your teachers and students in this important endeavor.
Check back for our SDG Schools Guide which is coming soon!
We work with the world’s leading scientists and education experts, from Harvard, Columbia, and Monash universities, to develop high-quality and comprehensive environmental education curriculum and lesson plans based on the latest research and best practices.
Also, we are working with more than 60 researchers to localize, design, and integrate environmental education into national curriculum, partnering with ministries and universities to support and monitor its implementation.