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1,300 teachers will join the World’s Largest Lesson Project in Ukraine to educate children about the Global Goals

KYIV, Ukraine, 22 April 2018 - UNICEF has invited teachers from across Ukraine to join the World’s Largest Lesson project and lead a second wave of lessons about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in schools. This time children will be put at the centre of the process.

 

The World’s Largest Lesson project is a global initiative that is continuously expanding in over 100 countries. Teachers, volunteers and young people teach children about the 17 Global Goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 to tackle the most critical issues our world is facing, including ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change by 2030.

In Ukraine, the project was symbolically launched on World Children’s Day in 2017. In November and December 2017 over 350 volunteers dedicated their time to leading 1,200 lessons about education, gender equality, peace and justice. In total 25,000 children were engaged, in schools across Ukraine.

The second wave of lessons will involve 1,300 teachers who have expressed interest in bringing this initiative to their schools. UNICEF organized the first Workshop for Teachers in Kyiv, where they learned about the project and innovative learning techniques, and participated in a real-time lesson about children’s rights. During April and May 2018 – before the end of the school year – teachers will share this information with children and engage them in action.

“At UNICEF, we believe that in order to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals, children must be put at the centre. We are grateful to all volunteers in Ukraine for their dedicated efforts in teaching children about Global Goals. We hope that with more teachers across Ukraine joining the World Largest Lesson we can amplify children’s voices and recognize their potential in achieving Global Goals,” Said Laura Bill, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Ukraine

UNICEF is developing a special online learning resource in collaboration with the EdEra platform for online education (ed-era.com/world2030) that will be updated with new lessons plans and videos for children about the Global Goals. For children this platform offers an opportunity to participate in a video competition and submit their work about completed projects concerning achieving the Global Goals in local communities. The deadline to submit the video is 30 June 2018.

UNICEF’s U-Report project has created a survey to gather children’s opinions about the SDGs that should be prioritized in Ukraine. After participating in the lesson, children can receive a short questionnaire by sending a free text message “LESSON” to the number 4224. This tool will help to amplify children’s voices and motivate them to take leadership roles in activities towards implementation of this global agenda.

The World’s Largest Lesson will be implemented in partnership with GoGlobal, EdCamp, Impact Hub Odessa, Osvitoria and Teach for Ukraine.

UNICEF is appealing to teachers and school directors to support the “World`s Largest Lesson”, to educate children about Global Goals and child rights, and to make sure that the voices of all children are heard.

 

 
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