Two eye catching orange booths, one with comics and Lego towers and the other covered with a multi-coloured map of the world have been drawing crowds over the past few days at the World Education Forum (WEF) 2015.
The booths are raising awareness about the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’, which was founded by Richard Curtis, a renowned UK filmmaker who wants to educate people globally on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and on how education is key in achieving these goals.
Mr Curtis’ Foundation, Project Everyone, plans to make an historic and unprecedented effort to communicate the global goals in a meaningful way this September, reaching 7 billion people in 7 days.
“So far 75 countries have signed up to take part in the largest lesson – including many responses from East and West Africa and Central America. Today is the last day to sign up and we would like to meet more delegates and ministers,” Alison Bellwood, Project Everyone, said.
“All the Ministers that have signed up will be asked to communicate with schools in their countries to inform and provide the given teaching resources to teachers on delivering the World’s Largest Lesson to all the classes to educate students on the sustainable development goals,” she continued.
At the booth visitors have been witnessing ministers of education and delegates from different countries attaching Lego characters which hold their national flags on the world map to show their commitment to the “World’s Largest Lesson” which was launched at WEF on 19 May.
The initiative is in partnership with UNESCO, UNICEF and the Global Partnership for Education. Lego is also supporting the initiative.
On 25th September 2015, the United Nations will announce the global goals for Sustainable Development which provide the agenda on how key development issues can be addressed for the next 15 years. Project Everyone plans to roll out the education campaign to inform children and
students across the world about the global goals, through the World’s Largest Lesson. With their influence in their countries in their respective countries, ministers of education and delegates can make sure that the initiative has a wide reaching impact.
An animated film by Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education. illustrating the global goals will be released ahead of the World’s Largest Lesson at the beginning of September. This film will be distributed to teachers for their lessons to educate students on the importance of the new development agenda.