Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals – A workbook for Further Education Institutes
Purpose or aim
This workbook was developed to support educators to embed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their practice using a Global Citizenship approach.
This resource gives the educator the background information of the SDGs and a theoretical understanding of Global Citizenship Education. It outlines the principles underpinning the SDGs and some of the challenges which are surrounding them. The main body of the workbook is the 17 workshops which outline each of the respective goals. Additionally; each goal has a quiz to assist the learning and a variety of case studies. Further resources were developed by the same organization to build on the practice of utilizing global citizenship in one’s practice.
Benefit to teaching literacies
By incorporating the SDGs and Global Citizenship into an educators’ practice, the learner has an opportunity to critically explore the interconnected world in which we live. The SDGs support the learner to examine what has been globally agreed as the world’s most pressing agenda. Using a Global Citizenship approach in education supports the learner to further understand elements of critical thinking, systems thinking, problem solving and engaging in active citizenship. This in turn engages the learner in new innovative ways of exploring the world that they are intrinsically part of.
Key lessons learned
Global Citizenship Education is a useful methodology that ensures the learners’ lived experience is at the centre of the sessions and encourages the learner to engage in praxis (A Freirean concept which typically refers to the combination of critical reflection and action).