“Future is Now”- A Public Private Partnership
The United Nations has defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) to empower people, drive prosperity, protect the planet, foster peace and nurture global partnerships to tackle the world’s biggest problems by 2030. Children play a pivotal role in realising these goals as they are the changers of tomorrow.
In India, more than 40% of the population is less than 18 years of age. To solve the nation's problems, this generation needs to know what those problems are. A good way to ensure this is to teach them about the Global Goals and enable them to take action.
Synergie, in partnership with Yes Bank and United Nations Global Compact Network India (UN-GCNI), has launched “Future is now”, a nation-wide initiative aimed at educating school students about the Sustainable Development Goals (#TellEveryone), enable them to take- action (#TakeAction) and support on-going initiatives (#GreenGoodDeeds).
The project was implemented in 30 Government Schools under the Department of Education, North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The project impacted 6257 school children.
As a part of this initiative, one-hour experiential training sessions were conducted leveraging the best practices and learning material propagated by the UN. The training were interspersed with theory and interactive sessions and engaging games to help the students imbibe the importance of the Global Goals, with special emphasis on the environment and climate change
The following training process was followed:
- With the help of an introductory video, we inspired children to believe that they are the superheroes who can make a difference in solving global problems.
- Conducted activities amongst them to communicate the message that it will take a collaborative effort to address global goals
- Shared international and national case studies on how children are contributing towards the cause
- Conducted in-depth training about the Environment with emphasis on sanitation, saying no to plastic use, pollution control, open defecation and urination and promotion of afforestation.
- Children were told that through the “4 powers” of “Time, Teach, Talent and Treasure” they can contribute towards global goals.