Bonn, 2 May: During the Global Festival of Action, the Global Schools Program opened the first call for its Global Schools Advocates Program; an initiative aimed at training and empowering youth to teach and spread the Sustainable Development Goals in their local schools and communities.

Schools are the core foundation of our society. Where children acquire the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes towards one another and our planet, that will enable the next generations to tackle our century’s local and global challenges. As a practical framework, the SDGs provide teachers with a structured way of introducing complex local and global issues with specific goals and targets.

To help schools and teachers empower their students and encourage them to prioritize the goals in their lifestyles, behaviors, and professional careers, the Global Schools Program curated and developed a series of tools, free and available to all, including lesson plans for grades 1-12, a library of fun resources and a pledge for schools to join the SDG movement.

Trying to accompany teachers to best implement these resources in their classrooms, Global School introduced in 2017 its Ambassador program, training 57 young leaders from 16 countries to advocate for the inclusion of the SDGs into school settings (click here to read testimonials from the Global Schools Ambassadors). Following the immense interest from volunteers all over the world since the program opened and the success of its first cohort of ambassadors, Global Schools is now scaling its efforts to enable more youth to get involved.

Young leaders interested in becoming Global Schools Advocates may find the terms of reference and requirements for this position  here, and must submit an only application through this link by June 1, 2019 (23:59 UTC).

Successful candidates will be invited to undergo a 4-module online training, where they will learn about the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, the SDGs, the role of schools and educators in achieving the SDGs, and develop the communication tools they need to be able to effectively help school officials and teachers to integrate the SDGs in their classrooms. After completing the training, Advocates will be tasked with identifying schools in their communities and developing a communication and outreach plan to approach them and empower them to teach about sustainable development.  

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SDSN was launched by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in 2012 to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDSN Youth is the youth initiative of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), focused on empowering youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth educates young people about the challenges of sustainable development and creates opportunities for them to use their creativity and knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions for the SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was launched at UN Headquarters in September 2015 and adopted by 193 member countries of the UN. The SDGs, which are relevant to all countries, aim to achieve social inclusion, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.

Global Schools is an initiative led by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth) in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP-ESD). The vision of the program is to generate interest about sustainable development in schools in an effort to educate and engage students with the SDGs and to encourage them to prioritize these goals in their lifestyles, behaviors, education and professional careers.