Bulgaria hosts World’s Largest Lesson in classrooms from the whole country to empower children and young people to advocate for change

19.09.2016 15:33

 

Sofia, Bulgaria 19 September 2016 – UNICEF  and partners today kick-off the World’s Largest Lesson initiative to teach the world children about the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

The global initiative, now in its second year will take place in a thousand classrooms across the whole world, including Bulgaria, giving schoolchildren the chance to “invent, innovate and campaign” for the Goals they care about.

The World’s Largest Lesson aims to engage children and young people in discussions about the role they can play in helping the world achieve the SDGs, and to inspire their participation in their communities.

Using the World’s Largest Lesson’s creative and educational resources, specifically tailored for learners ages 4-14, in English and also in Bulgarian for learners ages 8-18 schoolgirls and schoolboys will have a unique opportunity to learn about the Global Goals, how to be global citizens and how to take positive action in their community.

Schoolchildren in Bulgaria will be joining millions of girls and boys across more than 100 countries who will also be taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson and learning about key targets the Goals have set, such as promoting gender equality, ending extreme poverty for all people everywhere, to tackling climate change, and giving all children the opportunity to gain a quality primary and secondary education.

“The World’s Largest Lesson teaches children about the global goals and engages them in the effort to achieve them – educating them about the challenges that are shaping their futures and encouraging them to drive change in their own communities,” said UNICEF Representative Maria Jesus Conde. “Young people can help achieve the global goals by holding their leaders accountable for the promises they are making – and by holding themselves accountable for building a better future for everyone.”

The World’s Largest Lesson provides a unique opportunity to foster global citizenship in schools across the world. It supports student learning across a range of subject areas such as science, geography, citizenship and technology, and helps teachers explore important global issues such as human rights, poverty and climate change.

Government leaders and ministers from a number of countries will be teaching and participating in lessons.  This year’s lesson materials, which will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 5: gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, include a teacher’s guide, and a new animation video by world-renowned education advisor Sir Ken Robinson, and introduced by the World's Largest Lesson champion Emma Watson.

As a founding partner of the World’s Largest Lesson, UNICEF leveraged its global presence and networks, to play a critical role helping to bring SDGs messages in 25 languages to more than 500 million girls and boys in over 160 countries during the initiative’s pilot launch last year.

About UNICEF 
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit www.unicef.org.

About UNICEF:    
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  

For more information:   
Jacklin Tzocheva, Communication Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria  
Tel: 02/9696208, E-mail: jtzocheva@unicef.org 

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