If you know me relatively well, you’ll know that I really love and believe in education and my role in it. Thankfully I have a friend who believes in education (maybe a little bit more) and her role in it too. She’s my mentor and educational go to person in short, and her name is Rebecca Tortello. Whenever she sends me emails about education, they’re usually good.
Just as we reopened school, she sent me an email on the World’s Largest Lesson followed by an invitation to eat lunch. I knew this meant work but I knew it would be good. After a lovely healthy Japanese lunch, or maybe even before, I was sold on us doing the 17 global goals for sustainable development. Kerensa, our curriculum advisor, received the email that Saturday and was tasked with making it happen. In a matter of days, Fundaciones teachers were staying late doing the workshops and on Back To School Nights, parents were told about these SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Can you see, we literally waste no time?
Today, October 20th 2017, all the children in Kindergarten and the Primary Grades participated in lessons based on different goals. Overall, 10 classes, at 2 schools (and how could I forget one preschool group) participated in learning about 9 of 17 goals.
Here’s what was done:
Goal 2 – Zero Hunger
Goal 4 – Quality Education
Goal 5 – Gender Equality
Goal 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation
Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities
Goal 13 – Climate Action
Goal 14 – Life Below Water
Goal 15 – Life on Land
Goal 16 – Peace. Justice & Strong Institutions
It’s hard to explain to non educators the amount of work that went into planning the lessons around these goals but it’s so exciting to share the activities centered on and around enquiry based learning, making connections and deep thinking that my team and I saw in and among the children today.
Imagine learning about clean water and sanitation as you visit a restaurant and see their kitchen and then their waste water management system. Yes, the children were examining the good old (or in the case of Fromage, recently done) grease traps.
Imagine being an 8 year old Jamaican child learning about Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandi and the influences they made in our world.
Imagine learning about heroes last week and then talking again about Nanny and the super heroic Women of Marvel today.
Imagine children learning about the refugee crisis and literally folding tarpaulin and talking amongst themselves about how to stay warm and even clean.
Imagine sending a message to prime ministers and presidents across the globe advocating a good education after learning about children in Asia who are forced into slavery and marriages.
Imagine sensitizing children to the realities in our world and not inflicting gloom and doom upon them but challenging them to become advocates of these global goals through this participation in the World’s Largest Lesson.
Check my Twitter Page @mcdonaldrachael for all the fun stuff we did today.