Ban Kangkleang School, Loei Province, Thailand
The world has come together and set out some of the most ambitious Goals in history. We have the commitment of 192 countries. Now we need the commitment of the next generation because they are going to be the ones that achieve them.
Right now though, we’re just at the beginning and so we thank every single teacher and organisation who has lined up to help make this a reality and want to celebrate just a very few of them. If you are planning your World’s Largest lesson and want some ideas …take inspiration from Asia and the South Pacific regions. If you just want to celebrate the creativity and commitment of educators across the world, read on too!
Sometimes it takes commitment at the highest level to make things happen and in Malaysia, the Minister of Education is aiming to teach a lesson himself on Wednesday 29th September. With the help of Frog Asia, lesson materials have been translated into Malaysian and are being shared in every school through their digitally connected classrooms. In Brunei, all secondary schools and selected primary schools were invited to a briefing on the World’s Largest Lesson earlier this month, and will be sharing their activities on Facebook and Twitter later this week.
We’ve always thought that the people who know how best to engage students are their teachers, and we are delighted that our resources are being moulded to suit every unique setting.
In Vietnam, lessons have been built into the Geography curriculum and onto a website created by a teacher at the British International School in Vietnam.
In New Zealand at Southland Girls’ School, a café was created at which students gathered together to learn about and discuss the Goals over a bite. They made a film of their day.
In India, recognising the power of peer to peer learning, young people themselves from youth groups in five states are gathering to teach younger children about the Goals.
Some schools have taken creative approaches. In Thailand there have been presentations across schools in Bangkok, led by Teaspoons of Change. Children have been drawing what they think a real Global Citizen looks and behaves like.
UN agencies such as UNICEF and UNDP have been supporting the World’s Largest Lesson from its early stages. In China, UNICEF have recorded their own voiceover for our animation film into a more local Mandarin and in Samoa, UNDP are helping deliver lesson and radio materials right across the island.
In the Mindanao forest of the Philippines, a group of schools of Indigenous Peoples have translated lessons into Bisaya and Pulangiyen to make sure that every student can be inspired by these ambitious Goals.
In Timor-Leste a solo volunteer translated, printed and personally distributed lesson materials to schools so they wouldn’t miss out, and in Malaysia again, YTL Media have wanted to spread the word so far that they are running our animation film on trains so that children can hear about the Goals while on the move.
Please send us more stories like this and we will share them to inspire more teachers to engage a new generation in fighting for these ambitious Goals.
Tweet us @theworldslesson, tell us how you taught the World’s Largest Lesson at firstname.lastname@example.org, and take a look at our Facebook album of inspirational teaching in Asia and the South Pacific region.