“That was probably my favourite lesson of the year” – The World’s Largest Lesson 2016 begins!

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As World’s Largest Lesson 2016 launches around the world, the Kropyvnyckogo Library in Mykolayiv, Ukraine was transformed into a ‘World Cafe’. Participants hold up their World’s Largest Lesson certificates.

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“That was probably my favourite lesson of the year”-– Year 12 student, Mr Cable’s class, New South Wales, Australia.

Praise doesn’t come much higher than that Mr Cable!

The World’s Largest Lesson 2016 has just begun, and we are thrilled to hear from educators and students around the world that it already has huge momentum and support from all over the world.


Today we celebrated the support of Minister of Education Ellen Trane Nørby at the launch in Denmark, where every school received 5 Global Goals posters , and the game participation of Minister of Education Peter Weir and presenter Paul Clark in the school launch in Northern Ireland. We heard how Tolbrae Primary School sang about creativity in their World’s Largest Lesson assembly, and in Ukraine the Lesson was transformed into a ‘World Café’ of debate and action-planning.


Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary General shared her hope that the World’s Largest Lesson might unite a generation with a plan for their shared, sustainable future, who thus avoid learning some lessons the hard way unlike more divided generations before them. We also shared our own message of hope, marking the pivotal first UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants today, we celebrated one of the 6 young changemakers who star in Sir Ken Robinson’s World’s Largest Lesson 2016 animation: Muzoon, from Syria, who waged a door-to-door campaign to get more of her peers to join her in school whilst she was living in Zaatari refugee camp, championing their right to education. Share her story: https://vimeo.com/178464378


Earlier this year, Emma Watson asked educators and students to take part in the World’s Largest Lesson, and help build a global picture of where we stand with Gender Equality, by conducting and sharing a local survey of leaders and influencers in their daily lives, #FromWhereIStand.


At the end of Monday, there are already almost 1000 survey contributions to the interactive map from over 65 countries. Thanks to the innovative team at ESRI, you can explore it here: https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/FromWhereIStand/

Zoom in to see individual surveys on the other side of the world, zoom out to see the global gender ratio. Most importantly make sure that your class sees the map grow before their eyes as they add the results of their own survey!

This can be the generation that changes that picture, and sees a world that is more equal, more inclusive and more sustainable, by 2030.


Eloïse Haylor, World’s Largest Lesson