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Somalia, 1 October 2015: Children take part in the World’s Largest Lesson on UN Goals

HARGEISA, Somaliland, 1 October 2015 – Schoolchildren in Somaliland are among thousands of pupils from around the world who have been taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson learning about the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The World’s Largest Lesson is a collaborative education project, supported by UNICEF, in which children learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25 September 2015, which aim at ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and fixing climate change. Organizers believe that making the SDGs widely known at every level will contribute to their achievement by 2030.

“The SDGs are ambitious – but with the support of all Somalis they can become a reality,” said Steven Lauwerier UNICEF Somalia Representative. “The Somali children and youth are the key – they are the future and with their engagement we can make major progress.”

The Somaliland Ministry of Education and Higher Studies arranged for children at six schools to take part in the World’s Largest Lesson. The pupils studied one of the specially prepared lessons - on peace - which was translated into Somali with UNICEF’s support. An animated film on the SDGs, also translated into Somali, was also shown to some of the children.

It is expected that over this week children in one hundred countries will take part in a lesson about the SDGs which replace the Millennium Development Goals.

UNICEF has been working in Somalia since 1972 when its first office opened in Mogadishu. Today UNICEF has several offices across the country, including Mogadishu, Baidoa, Galkayo, Garowe and Hargeisa. Together with over 100 international and national NGOs and community-based organizations, UNICEF delivers services in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education and Child Protection, as well as responds to emergencies and supports peacebuilding and development. For more information visit

The SDG video in English is at and in Somali

For more information, please contact:
Susannah Price, UNICEF Somalia: Tel: +254 20 7628417, Mobile: +254 722 719867,

Background note

More information on resources for the World’s Largest Lesson can be found on

The Sustainable Development Goals

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted a new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. The Goals aim to build on the work of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000, rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle poverty.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change forum)
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development



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