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In the eyes of God, every child matters, every moment of every day

In the eyes of God, every child matters, every moment of every day

The Worlds Largest Lesson

Here at Buckden we take a very active role in preparing our children for the future and what they will encounter as adults. Part of this is to start them on the journey to become ‘global citizens’. We achieve some of this by interweaving the fundamentals of the World’s Largest Lesson into our curriculum.


In early 2015, Project Everyone and UNICEF began to collaborate on an idea to teach children across the world about the new Global Goals. They called it the World’s Largest Lesson.

The idea was launched with the help of UNESCO to Ministers of Education from across the world in May 2015 at the World Education Forum in Korea.

In September 2015 when the Goals were agreed schools across the world began to teach children about this new plan for people and planet. Children responded positively to the idea and educators enjoyed taking part in an inclusive global initiative. The contribution of all educators is truly valued and to be celebrated.

The World’s Largest Lesson is now an annual opportunity to introduce or remind students about the Global Goals using creative materials.

The aim is to connect students with this ambitious global plan and to encourage their support for it. They can take action in support of the Goals in a local way.

The organizations that work together to help bring the World’s Largest Lesson to life each year are living proof that Goal 17 can work!

Below film was written by Sir Ken Robinson and produced for the World’s Largest Lesson by Aardman Animations

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015 a new development plan was created. This built on the achievements of the previous Goals and learnt from their shortcomings. The process of shaping and agreeing these new Goals began at the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 and focused on the need to ensure development that is sustainable. As part of the consultation process over half a million people aged 14-24 ranked their priorities for the world.

Similar to the MDGs, poverty reduction remains an overarching objective of the SDGs. But it is now recognised that poverty can only be alleviated if the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development are addressed at the same time.

In September 2015, all 193 members of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. This "Agenda for 2030” is comprised of 17 Goals to drive development over the next 15 years by ending extreme poverty, tackling climate change and fighting inequalities. This was a historic agreement, paving the way for a better and more sustainable future. The challenge now is to ensure the Goals are implemented in a way that ensures no one is left behind.

17 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1  - End poverty
  • Goal 2  - End hunger
  • Goal 3  - Good health
  • Goal 4  - Quality Education
  • Goal 5  - Gender Equality
  • Goal 6  - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 7 -  Renewable Energy
  • Goal 8  - Good Jobs and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9  - Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10  - Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11  - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12  - Responsible Consumption
  • Goal 13 - Climate Action
  • Goal 14  - Life Below Water
  • Goal 15  - Life on Land
  • Goal 16  - Peace and Justice
  • Goal 17  - Partnerships for the Goals

Here is a guide to what the goals are and what they mean for primary age chidren.