Education is no longer about learning within the four walls of a building. Rather, it’s learning outside the classrooms–for life from life, with life. The technical advances in the last two years along with an acceleration in learning catalysed by the pandemic include highlighted the essence of community building for a sustainable future with people-planet-profit as a primary goal.
At Gurugram Global School, we understand this space. Therefore we prepare our students—the future change-makers—as pioneers of change by promoting environmentally sustainable practices that not exclusively align with the SDG goals defined by the United Nations but to develop daily practices that lead to long-term gain for our planet. In my opinion, like sports, it’s important to make sustainability a subject that is a vital part of curriculums in schools across the country.
What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
According to the United Nations, human dignity reaches from caring for the world and conserving it. It describes a world where we can live our best lives and want peaceful solitude, a world where our actions define our future. Keeping this in mind, the United Nations 2015 adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs- three of them being energy below water, life on land, and climate action. Other major goals include zero hunger, good health & wellbeing, gender equality, cheap and clean energy, reduced inequality, decent work and economic growth, and more. To address these universal global challenges and make our planet safer, more hygienic, and sustainable by 2030, active participation from all areas of society is required.
Impact: Why introduce Sustainable Development Goals students to (SDGs)?
Like the world around us, the industry & career space have undergone a sea change. Education is not extended to theoretical rote practices or certain predictable career choices. Today, we are witnessing the strong rise of careers like-fashion data scientist, product designer, digital marketer, social media expert, & content strategist—that did not live two decades ago. In this backdrop, education is about extended learning that prepares the learner or the student to not just be a skilled professional in his chosen career but to be an understanding human being who is mindful of the people around him and the planet itself.
The industry is undoubtedly still bent to choose prospective employees based on professional skills, but they are also giving equal priority to candidates who display life skills like analytical & reasoning skills, leadership, compassion, communication, teamwork, adaptability, agility, & risk management among others.
SDGs are aligned to these skills & our collective future which depends on promoting green habits for a safer planet that we can hand over to our future generations. After all, the students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow & they will be driving the fate and future of economies, nations, & our planet.
Students must be active players in SDG as they are tomorrow’s global leaders, and they must learn the how-to guide and thrive in a global environment. SDGs cover a wide range of issues that are all relevant and overarching. The children need to develop empathy and compassion toward these topics as earlier as possible, so they can bring about positive changes, no matter how big or small.
Sustainable Development Goal uses are enormous as it not only helps in developing the skills of problem-solving but also enhance the spirit of teamwork & communication among young minds. It also promotes a more honest and sustainable human life among others through education.
Teaching children about sustainability assigns them to explore values and develop respect for nature, which applies the foundation for environmentally responsible adulthood in the next future. Fostering environmental consciousness and combining and developing respect for nature are some of the reasons to teach students.