The aim of Global Goal Education is to show our students that their actions matter. The teacher task force @TeachSDGs supports teachers in incorporating the Global Goals in their classroom work and connects teachers and policy makers to initiate systemic change. The World’s Largest Lesson for example, is an initiative that tries to introduce the Global Goals to classrooms with lots of useful materials for teachers on their website. By using such materials, our students will get to see that they have plenty of possibilities to experience that social activities are appreciated. They will want to help shape a world in which the actions of social activists and social entrepreneurs are valued. Using education to strengthen social participation as well as academic skills, creativity, critical thinking and democratic competence will help prepare our students for a quickly changing future with unpredictable expectations in the professional and private world.
In a world which is likely going to be dominated by Artificial Intelligence replacing many of the jobs we currently prepare our students for, we need human beings to be particularly humane: creative, socially-minded, active, cooperative, and dedicated to good actions concerning the environment, too. While the 20th century was mostly about preparing to be accepted for a job, the 21st century is likely to require the skills to create a job and combine entrepreneurship with active citizenship. Luckily, many teachers already connect their work in the classroom to the world outside. For example, Moroccan students work on projects that help raise awareness of over-fishing in their community. In other places, students help provide educational videos for students living in less privileged countries. Yet elsewhere teachers and students cultivate urban gardens in their poor communities and bring home fresh fruits and vegetables for their families.