Kyrgyz children join the World’s Largest Lesson

Conducting the World’s Largest Lesson has become a tradition in Kyrgyzstan. This year, it was organized by the UN agencies, including UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science. Like in many countries around the world, it aims to te

06 October 2016
A group of children in matching grey uniforms hold up mugs with SDGs printed on them
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan/2016/N.Ruskulova

BISHKEK, 6 October 2016 - Conducting the World’s Largest Lesson has become a tradition in Kyrgyzstan. This year, it was organized by the UN agencies, including UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science. Like in many countries around the world, it aims to teach a lesson, introducing students to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Government of Kyrgyzstan recognizes  the value of investments in the education sector as the foundation for the development of a new generation. It supports the promotion of the Sustainable Developments Goals and youth participation in building a prosperous and peaceful society. 

On 6 October, 2016, the World’s Largest Lesson was conducted in the secondary school #69 in the city of Bishkek. Toktobubu Ashymbaeva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Alexander Avanessov, UN Resident Coordinator, and Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan attended the event. 

Talking to children, Toktobubu Ashymbaeva underlined that the best investment for children is education, which gives more chances to be successful in future. “Knowledge is a great value, and it is necessary to strive for it,” the Deputy Minister said. “Today we will speak about your role in achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals which cover all spheres of our life,” she added. 

Alexander Avanessov explained each goal to students giving simple examples. “Achieving the great results and solving the global problems always begin with knowledge. Knowledge we provide to children today will become skills to achieve goals tomorrow. Therefore, our first step in achieving the global objectives is education of children. Knowledge is power,” he said. 

During the lesson, students were encouraged to think on how they can help in achieving SDGs. They worked in groups and presented suggestions to make changes in their own life and the country’s development. The most interesting presentation was about innovations. Some students expressed their wish to find solutions on other planets to develop and implement an ecological electricity system. “We have to be creative to change the world,” they said. 

Yukie Mokuo underlined the importance of children’s and youth participation. “It is your right, and our task is to help you to fulfil it,” she said. “Young people come up with new innovative solutions, which rapidly change the world. What you need is just a desire,” she added. 

The children of Kyrgyzstan joined the  movement of millions of young people all over the world. 7 million people learned about SDGs during the World’s Largest Lesson and Kyrgyz boys and girls were a part of it.

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