Universal primary education of the Global Goals: the Sustainable Development Goals
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As an advocate for the sustainable development goals, I am faced with one recurring problem: most people I come across have no idea what the SDGs are! Sometimes I ask them whether they knew about the Millennium Development Goals that came before the SDGs and I'm usually faced with the same negative answer.
I am a firm believer in the power of the present global goals in achieving a better world. There are young people working to achieve the goals by creating game-changing solutions to global problems. But for the goals to have maximal effect, they must be taught to the youngest of us.
The present global goals ie the Sustainable Development Goals must be incorporated in the primary school curriculums around the world. This means schools teaching young people between ages 5-12 about the present global goals. Children must be engaged through interactive lessons, assignments, projects and other incentives for actions.
The SDGs provide a unified and unifying plan of action for global development. They hold governments accountable and citizens can help by putting pressure on governments for goal implementation. The goals are universal, cutting across cultures and beliefs.
With the deadline for the goals being year 2030 (13 years from now), it would be a shame for these goals to die with most people being mostly ignorant. The UN can't do it alone, neither can the governments. We must all play our part to ensure that they are achieved.
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