The Global Schools Program aims to incorporate sustainable development into schools globally by training volunteers to advocate for the incorporation of the SDGs and global citizenship education into schools in their local communities.
- Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Role of Schools
Schools are the core foundations of our society, and the world is relying on schools to prepare children for the future, while empowering them to create a better world. Today schools and educators are rethinking their role in the 21st century, and redefining their purpose as agents of change. Schools not only have the responsibility to create better societies through educating their students, but also to significantly improve the academic skills and wellbeing of their students. From the United States to India, schools are taking on leadership roles and creating new pedagogical content, finding innovative ways to engage students in education for sustainable development (ESD), and setting an example within their community.
Global Schools Network
Our network of schools encompasses 1,500 school communities in our global community of practice. On the map below, you will see the network of schools that have signed the Global Schools Pledge, known as the "Schools Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals."
Click on the blue icons to see school's names
"Our Primary Years Program (PYP) as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum seamlessly integrates aspects of sustainable change, encouraging one to think and act about this, instead of allowing it to take a backseat in our lives. That is where the Global Schools Program comes in and helps us to strengthen the school ecosystem and beyond.”
— Dr. Valik, Principal of Bombay International School. Mumbai
Join the Network & Sign the Pledge
We encourage you to complete and submit the Global Schools pledge in order to show your institution's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and to express your interest in joining our network! By signing the Global Schools pledge, you are committing to joining an active global network of schools, teachers, and educators, working towards the SDGs. Schools that are accepted into the network will receive a signed membership certificate from our Program Director to showcase their commitment to the sustainable development goals.
It is required that a school leader or administrator signs the pledge, and also includes the school email address or website to facilitate communication with you! Please read the guidance note before signing the pledge for helpful information. To access the questions on the form in pdf format, please click here.
Partnership with International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968. The IB offers an education for students from age 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes. The IB is supported by IB teachers and coordinators who develop and promote the IB’s curriculums in almost 5,000 schools globally every day, in over 150 countries around the world.
#GenerationIB is an online campaign, as part of IB's 50th anniversary celerbation, held until 21 September, encouraging students to work locally or in global groups to showcase the ways they are working to find solutions for humanity's greatest challenges. Read more
IB WORLD STUDENT CONFERENCE
SDSN Youth and Global Schools Program team members gave keynote speeches at the IB World Student Conference 2018 in Washington D.C. and Hong Kong.