In commemoration of #InternationalEducationDay2022, Global Schools Advocate Helen Umeobieri organized a one-day SDGs club competition. The final event took place on January 26th, 2022.
Helen is a Global Schools Advocates from Nigeria, committed to achieving the SDGs in her community.
"Teachers are at the center of achieving the SDGs, which is why the education sector remains the only key to fast track the success of the SDGs in developing countries, including Nigeria," says Helen, upon receiving the Global Schools Advocate of the Month Recognition in November, 2021.
With the help of her school leadership, Helen was able to group the students and teachers into six SDG groups relating to their school community to allow them to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to the selected SDGs (2, 3, 4, 11, 12 and 13).
The event began with a round table discussion on the role of the public and private sectors towards achieving the Global Goals.
Then, the students were given a quiz on the Global Goals and sustainable development.
Next, students gave individual class presentations to the entire group of teachers and students.
Toward the end of the event, there was a display of localized actions that increase access to healthy food; promote good health and well-being; promote gender equality in education; promote access to safe and inclusive green and public spaces; promote responsible consumption and production and recycling of plastic waste materials to reduce their effect on climate change.
The event was graced by Global Schools Project Officer (Advocacy Team), Emmanuel Michael Emechete, who gave a talk titled "Changing Course; Transforming Education." He encouraged the students and teachers to pledge to be the change-makers in their communities by taking positive actions and encouraging others to do the same for the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
Global Schools Project Officer, Emmanuel Michael Emechete, visits Mount Gerizim High School in Lagos, Nigeria
During her Advocate mandate, Helen also organized two workshops for teachers and students respectively, educating them on the SDGs and how they can contribute toward achieving sustainable development in their local communities. The workshops address SDGs, Nigeria’s performance on the SDG Report 2021, UNESCO’s ESD Objectives, and sample lessons to understand how to integrate SDGs into learning objectives. Furthermore, Helen engaged her students in designing the SDG placards using colors that appeal to their senses. As a Food Systems Hero, who is passionate about how improved access to food helps achieve Quality Education through increased participation and performance of children in underserved communities, she mobilized the entire student body and some teachers at her school to carry out a road walk awareness campaign to commemorate World Food Day 2021. This allowed them to show their commitment to achieving SDG 2 and 12 and inform their community on how they can drive change.
The Global Schools team sends a big congratulations to Helen and the faculty and staff of Mount Gerizim High School on a wonderful event!