Celebrities on ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ on sustainable development campaign
Sept. 6, New York: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Goals campaign launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in more than 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.
The Global Goals campaign was launched just Thursday at UN Headquarters, and aims to reach the 7 billion people on earth to make the world body’s new development targets “famous.”
UNICEF announced that the initiative has already attracted support from influential leaders and public figures including Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram, tennis star Serena Williams and the Brazilian footballer Neymar. In addition, Government leaders from a number of countries will be teaching and participating in lessons.
The UN estimates that a potential 500 million girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 will have the chance to learn about the Global Goals. These range from ending extreme poverty, to tackling climate change, and giving all children the opportunity to gain a quality education.
The World’s Largest Lesson will be held in classrooms on every continent during the week of 28 September.
As part of the campaign specially created lesson materials include an animated film by Aardman and author and education expert Sir Ken Robinson that introduces the Global Goals, and a downloadable comic book by Josh Elder, Karl Kesel and Grace Allison.
The Oslo Times