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British International School of Charlotte students team up with UNICEF to promote Sustainable Development Goals

March 10, 2017

UNICEF has challenged students at the British International School of Charlotte to raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to work with their local communities to create solutions for these global issues.  

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Through the guidance of UNICEF, a United Nations programme that defends the rights of children across 190 countries, British International School of Charlotte students have worked directly with their communities to raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while researching and designing practical solutions to achieve these goals. 

British International School of Charlotte students focused on  Goal 2: 
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture UN Sustainable Development Goal: Hunger

The challenge is part of the World's Largest Lesson, a global initiative aimed at bringing the goals to classrooms across the world through lesson plans, videos, comics and creative content. 

In school, the children have:

  • Learned about the importance of preserving water and limiting food waste.
  • Planted vegetables and herbs to ultimately feed less fortunate families in the Charlotte area.
  • Participated in a sponsored run to raise money to buy rain barrels to water the vegetable and herb gardens planted in school.
  • Tasted and made recipes from around the world which include herbs or vegetables, with a vision of creating a cookbook to sell and raise money for charity.
  • Collected silverware to donate to The Mission Shelter in Charlotte.
  • Listened to experts, such as Amanda Zullow from Pop Up Produce.
  • Researched and presented learning about the plight of people around the world who are starving.

UNICEF has also invited selected students from our school to present their ideas on the SDGs at an event during the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development taking place from 10 to 19 July 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York City. This is a unique opportunity for British International School of Charlotte students to contribute to the discussion and influence policy at the highest level.

“This challenge is an exciting and meaningful opportunity for British International School of Charlotte students to have an impact in the local community. More importantly, the experiences they have in relation to UNICEF's 17 Sustainable Development Goals instills in them the importance of being responsible global citizens of the future.” said Jude Penson, Interim Head of School.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 countries in the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030. In order to accomplish these goals, the UN has asked governments, private sector, civil society and citizens to participate.
“If the Sustainable Development Goals do not resonate with children and young people around the world in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their own lives and experiences, they will not be achieved. Students are some of the most passionate activists and agents of change on the planet, and it is their passion and determination that will drive all of us towards a more just, equal and sustainable world by 2030,” said UNICEF Agenda 2030 Partnerships Manager Shannon O’Shea.  
Search #NAEUNICEF or visit the British International School of Charlotte's Facebook Page to see how British International School of Charlotte students are taking action in school.