Global Goals for all
2015 saw the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, ambitious targets to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality by 2030. These Global Goals are not just for poorer countries but are for all countries. They provide a framework and targets for Governments across the world and we must hold them to account for achieving the targets.
The issues which the SDGs seek to change are issues which affect young people, now and in the future. As educators we must provide opportunities for children and young people to explore, challenge and engage with issues of poverty, inequality and sustainability. As educators we must foster the belief in children and young people that they can change things for the better. Our curriculum has the flexibility to enable this to happen in many and creative ways.
In each issue we will be exploring one of the seven themes of the SDGs. In this issue we will look at Goals 1 and 10 which tackle poverty and inequality and ask: what does it mean to be poor? Our maths feature illustrates the importance of being able to interpret, challenge and understand statistics and other data in order to understand the scale of the inequality which exists both within and between countries. In order for young people to communicate their message and take effective action, they need good literacy skills, and our feature, Everyone’s story, illustrates what an empowering activity this can be.