This September, the United Nations will launch the new Global Goals, a series of ambitious targets that aim to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change by 2030. Oshun Partnership have signed up to support Project Everyone, an initiative that aims to share the new Global Goals with as many people on the planet as possible; the target is to reach an impressive 7 billion people in 7 days. The last time the UN set the Millennium Development Goals it took around 5 years for them to become known, and even then only in limited circles. Project Everyone’s mission is to ensure widespread awareness as soon as possible.
The project is the brainchild of Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief; he is working with the support and encouragement of the post 2015 strategy hub at the United Nations.
Inspire a generation
Children and young people are vital to the success of the new Global Goals, over a quarter of the world’s population are under 14 years old, a whole generation must be educated and inspired to make the vision of the Global Goals a reality within the next 15 years. A key part of Project Everyone is the delivery of The World’s Largest Lesson taking place the week after the Global Goals are officially announced at the Sustainable Development Conference on the 27th September. Schools around the world will be provided with teaching aids, including a lesson plan scripted by Sir Ken Robinson and an animated comic strip, all available to download in 9 different languages.
Oshun Partnership helped to deliver the concept and have pledged our support to The World’s Largest Lesson, along with over 90 governments from across the globe. The announcement of the lesson took place at the recent World Education Forum in Incheon, South Korea. Supporters of the project were invited to place a piece of LEGO on a map of the world, in what turned out to be a fun and colourful occasion, in fitting with the concept itself. Take a look at some of the photos from the event.
Spread the word
The project will make history by educating as many people as possible; this new thinking gives us the foundations needed to achieve the new Global Goals; which in turn will help to make the world a better place for future generations. When the Global Goals are announced in September we must all help to spread the message in order to reach as many people as possible all over the world.
We will be writing about the project over the next few months. In the mean time you can hear Richard Curtis speaking about the initiative on the Project Everyone website. You can follow Project Everyone and The World’s Largest Lesson on Twitter.