A set of easy to use flashcards has been developed by Gaia Education in partnership with UNESCO’s GAP Secretariat to serve as an educational tool to promote the Sustainable Development Goals. The flashcards are designed to be used alongside the Training for Multipliers, which aims to build the capacity of those tasked with explaining how best to implement the 17 SDGs at local and regional scale, in ways carefully adapted to local context.
Together the cards and the training are an inspired and practical response to the future challenges posed by the SDGs and build on the people-friendly language used to first introduce them and to promote mass global participation. By asking clear questions, the cards break the journey into manageable parts, no matter who is using them – from migrant populations to social innovators, from rural communities to city planners and beyond.
Translated into the six UN official languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Chinese and Russian) with the support of Japanese Funds-in-Trust for ESD, as well as in Portuguese, the cards will encourage people worldwide to take the actions needed to make Agenda 2030 a reality.
In one year, from Hamburg to Santiago, UNESCO’s GAP Secretariat and Gaia Education conducted 20 training sessions, reaching over 1,000 people. Participants explored the 17 SDGs in small group conversations, and together identified actions and solutions aimed at implementing them in ways relevant to their lives, communities, cities and regions.
The final 2017 session took place during the International Festival of Social Innovation (fiiS) in Santiago. Combining Latin American music, passion and strength, thousands of innovators between ages 16 and 34 gathered to join workshops, talks, conversations and enjoy local food. The multipliers workshop helped ignite their ecological imagination and their commitment to implementing the SDGs at community level.