Young people will only succeed in the world of tomorrow if they are prepared for the challenges they will face. As educators we have the opportunity and responsibility to lay the foundations for a better future, and this begins with a robust response to the pace of change we see in the world.
It is clear from talking to our students, teachers and parents that there is a hunger to ensure that we go further than traditional education models allow for. We must prepare each student to become a global citizen who can shape the world.
Watch our short film explaining Globeducate´s mission to address the social, economic and environmental challenges that are re-shaping our communities across the world.
We developed a global agenda as a conduit for bringing our vision to life in classrooms all over the world and we formed partnerships with internationally recognised change-makers. Through these partnerships we can fulfil our mission to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Impact is key to our agenda and in 2020, one of our schools in Rome, RIS Rome, was a finalist for a global award in Sustainability International Impact.
Our Global Agenda will achieve maximum impact across our entire network in 10 countries. Through our partnerships with Eco Schools and WWF, each student´s contribution has meaning and currency inside and outside the classroom. Our schools are leading the way in making sustainability education an intrinsic part of life in our school communities.
The SDGs are the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals agreed on in 2015 are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, nearly every country in the world has agreed that it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.
During the academic years 2020-22 Globeducate will begin by focusing on Sustainable Development Goals 6, 12, 13, 14 and 15, which address the key environmental challenges faced by the planet. Our approach to these goals within an educational setting regards social, economic and ecological development as inter-connected and we encourage our students to transition towards understanding the links between these parts of the biosphere. Students and teachers will engage in activities which give tangible, meaningful opportunities to address these goals.
Our unique partnership with WWF makes it possible for our teachers to draw on a wealth of educational resources and to take part in pilot projects in sustainability education and training. In 2020, the launch year of our agenda, 350 of our students took part in online summits and webinars with WWF experts. These students experienced virtual presentations, break-out sessions, Q&A and round-table debates. They developed their communication, negotiation and critical thinking skills and worked with fellow students from across our Globeducate network. Students, teachers and families also connected to raise awareness of endangered species on Wear it Wild day.
Eco-Schools is the world´s largest sustainable schools programme and our commitment is for each student to have a chance to play their part in ensuring each of our schools becomes a certified Eco-School. Our existing Eco Schools in Italy, Portugal and France are leading the way, inspiring other schools to work towards their Green Flags and some examples of activities include installing bee-hives and garden rooftops, water fountains and reducing plastic consumption. Our schools celebrates Earth Day and Earth Week, as well as other key dates on the United Nations SDG calendar. Key to our Eco-Schools work is looking beyond the school; it is a project that has the potential to involve volunteers from inside and outside the school and one way in which sustainability education has become an intrinsic part of life in our school communities.