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World’s Largest Lesson

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In September 2015, the world committed to the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The new Goals replaced the Millennium Development Goals and set a target to end extreme poverty, fix climate change and fight inequality and injustice everywhere by 2030.

Last year, as the new goals were adopted, schools all over the world took part in the World’s Largest Lesson to spread the word and learn about the new global goals. Schools everywhere are encouraged to teach a lesson or assembly, introducing students or reminding them of the Global Goals and getting them to think about what they can do to help. Get inspired by having a look at the World Largest’s Lesson website and following them on Twitter or Facebook.


The World’s Largest Lesson website has some great resources to help you learn and teach about the new Sustainable Development Goals. You’ll need to register with them to download the materials but it’s free and quick to do. Here are some highlights from 2016 (resources for 2017 will be available closer to the event) :

  • A Global Goals Comic book which introduces the Global Goals and invites children to become superheroes themselves.
  • Lesson plans and other guides (including for assemblies).
  • A video about the World’s Largest Lesson introduced by Malala Yousafzai.
  • A Global Goals guide, written by and for children and young people across the world. It explains the language and detail of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The Global Goals

On 25 September, the United Nations adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development aimed at making our planet fairer, healthier and more sustainable by 2030. Read more about the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development and find other useful resources.

The World’s Largest Lesson is support by UnicefTES and Education International.