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This year's Sustainable Development Goals and the 'Worlds Largest Lesson'

All Nord Anglia students are empowered to make a difference and to positively impact the world. Through our collaboration with UNICEF, students participate in meaningful activities to effect change in their schools and communities at large. To focus these efforts on specific goals, UNICEF annually challenges Nord Anglia students to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, which are a collection of 17 goals set by the United Nations regarding social and economic development issues.

This year’s Global Challenge

With the 2018/2019 academic year underway, Nord Anglia students across the world are gearing up to take fresh action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, we are focusing our efforts on goals 4 and 16, which are all about inclusive education, peace and justice, and ending violence against children.

Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas. 

“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education…it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond…”Malala Yousafzai

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Goal 16

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

This goal is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

"If you want peace, work for justice." — Pope Paul VI

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Ending violence against children

Statistics show that at least 1 of every 2 of the world's children have experienced some form of violence. Goal 16 has a particularly strong focus on ending the abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. We’re looking forward to how our schools will be raising awareness on this incredibly important topic throughout the year!

To bring the Sustainable Development Goals to life in Nord Anglia Education schools, teachers use additional materials, lesson plans, films, comics and activities from the World’s Largest Lesson, an organisation whose purpose is to reach every child in the world with a lesson about the goals, and to encourage them to know how to act.

So far, World’s Largest Lesson has helped bring lessons into more than 160 countries, with materials published in 10 languages!

Never assume you have to start where you think you’re going to finish. Alison Bellwood, Director of the World’s Largest Lesson

Last year’s Global Challenge

Last year at BIS HCMC we tackled the Global Challenge in a range of different ways, allowing as many students to get involved as possible.

The Secondary Campus Global Goals Club led the challenge, delivering a series of assemblies around the issue of waste production, based on the aim to 'Think Global and Act Local'. They challenged all students to take one small step towards changing their lifestyles to be more sustainable, whether that be taking reusable bags to the shops, using a reusable water bottle, or saying no to plastic straws. The club arranged for awareness activities including a 'trash sort' challenge and creating a 'Pledge to Change' video of students and staff making their pledges to take that first small step. The biggest challenge they set themselves was organising a paperless MUN conference for local international schools, an event that we hope to continue.

The Global Goals Club have also connected with Clean Up Vietnam, an NGO working to reduce littering. BIS HCMC has 'adopted' our local area organising regular clean-ups with our largest taking place on World Clean Up Day

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Alongside this, our Greenr Minds club have been developing a project started by our Primary parents to upcycle old school uniforms, bringing this into the Secondary Campus. Old uniforms are being turned into bags, aprons, book covers, cup holders, straw pouches, and so on, to give them a new lease of life and to reduce the number of garments being discarded each year. We have also had a group of teachers and support staff from all three campuses working on a plan to ban all single use plastic from BIS HCMC by 2020, and the entire community took the first step towards making this a reality during the recent Primary Plastic Free International Week. Our catering committee has also been working with our school caterers to reduce the single use plastic on site and in May we gave out our 'final straw' on all three campuses - a fantastic achievement.

As a whole school community we are committed to making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality!

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For creative ways to take action or to bring the SDGs to life in your school, visit globalgoals.org.

For teachers who are interested in using these resources in the classroom, there is a convenient online course called “Want to teach the SDGs?” here!

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