Project Everyone seeks to put the power of great communications behind The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, accelerating the creation of a fairer world by 2030, where extreme poverty has been eradicated, climate change is properly addressed and injustice and inequality are unacceptable.
The assumption at the heart of this project is that if everyone on the planet knows what the Global Goals are they can hold to account and work with their governments, businesses, and civil society organisations, giving the Goals the greatest chance of being achieved.
The World’s Largest Lesson
As an integral part of Project Everyone’s work, the World’s Largest Lesson is an initiative delivered in partnership with UNICEF to raise children and young people’s awareness of the new Global Goals and encourage them to become actively involved in their achievement.
The first World’s Largest Lesson took place during the week of the 28th September 2015. Materials were shared in 160 countries and millions of children took part. In some countries such as Russia, Lesotho and Uruguay 100% of public schools were involved.
The second World’s Largest Lesson will take place during the week of the 18th September 2016* to coincide with the UN General Assembly.
Schools are being encouraged to introduce (or remind) students to the Global Goals and to consider how they can become involved in achieving them.
A suite of creative resources for teaching are available un multiple languages at www.globalgoals.org/worldslargestlesson.
- Two animations from Sir Ken Robinson and Aardman animations that set a context for the Goals and encourage student action. These animations are introduced to students by a range of high profile figures in a variety of languages – Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, Neymar Jr and Dani Alves, Kolo Touré, Hrithik Roshan, Nancy Ajram, Queen Rania of Jordan. The animation is available in 30+ languages. http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/introduce-the-global-goals/
- A focused lesson for 2016 on Gender Equality with a contribution from Emma Watson encouraging students to take part in a survey project to measure Gender Equality from where they stand and to share this data. The objective is to create an interactive world story map of what the picture Gender Equality looks like in 2016 to young people all over the world - #FromWhereIStand, and compare this with what the picture could look like in 2030 if we achieve the Global Goals.
- A library of resources to support teaching on every Goal, including comics, lesson plans, worksheets, posters and certificates.
- Resources to support teachers developing youth action programmes.
Schools are asked to devote time to an assembly that introduces the Global Goals to children in an engaging way. They are encouraged to take part in the gender project and to then run projects in their local communities to create change across the theme areas that students most identify with, beginning a changemaker journey that could last a lifetime.
Critical to the success of WLL are the partnerships that Project Everyone has established between UN agencies, over 100 Ministries of Education, education business, NGOs and CSOs to deliver lessons into schools. It is through these partnerships that we raise awareness of and participation in the World’s Largest Lesson. In 2015, 15 high profile figures including senior members of government and members of royal families visited schools, taught lessons or launched the World’s Largest Lesson in their country.
We are asking countries to support in the same way in 2016 in order to demonstrate the level of commitment to the Global Goals that exists at senior government level. We continue to strengthen our network of multi-sector partnerships to share the Lesson with even more children this September and empower youth across the world play their part in the achievement of the Global Goals.
To view the success and impact of the World’s Largest Lesson in 2015: