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Sustainable Development Goals

A selection of suggested teaching ideas around the seven themes of the SDGs.
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On 25th September 2015 the United Nations will announce the sustainable development goals (SDGs), a set of goals that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.

The SDGs will build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals which were agreed by world leaders in 2000 and will expire in 2015. For background information and teaching ideas about the MDGs see Change the World in Eight Steps. Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Newid y Byd mewn Wyth Cam.

Here are some teaching ideas around the seven themes of the SDGs. Prior to using these resources you may wish to use Getting Critical about the post-2015 Global Goals to examine different views about development and think critically about what learners believe the next set of goals should include.

Theme 1: Poverty

- 8-12: Interpret and compare development indicators for the UK and other countries and explore the use of infographics to represent percentages.                    Try Session 1 in Everyone Counts Unit 3.                  Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Pawb yn Cyfri Uned 3.


- 8-14: Use football to examine inequality between and within countries. See The World Cup: A Fair Game?

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Theme 2: Health and wellbeing

- 7-11: Explore children's rights and use the case study of a school health club in Sierra Leone to learn more about the rights to good health, water and sanitation. Try Sessions 4, 5 or 6 in  Children's Rights.
- 7-14: Investigate what it means to be water vulnerable and learn more about the symptoms and causes of water vulnerability. Try the Learn and think about water vulnerability session plan in Water Week for Schools. Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Wythnos Dŵr.
- 11-14: Use case studies of new mothers and a midwife in Ghana to investigate ways of improving healthcare for pregnant women. See Explore Birth Rights.

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Theme 3: Education, skills and jobs

- 7-14: Send My Friend to School is run by the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education (of which Oxfam is a member). Find out more about the barriers to education and why 58 million children around the world are still out of school.
See Oxfam's Send my Friend to School 2015. Further resources are available on the Send My Friend to School  website.
Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Danfona fy Ffrind i'r Ysgol. 

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Theme 4: A just world - Gender equality/Justice and peace

Political Solutions​

We lobby leaders to influence international responses to conflicts and disasters, raising funds for relief work and pressing for swifter aid and ending the root injustices.

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Theme 5: Sustainability

- 7-11: Work in a group to discuss, choose and plan an action to take against climate change.                 Try Session 6 in Climate Challenge (7-11).               Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Her Hinsawdd.

- 7-14: Develop English skills and learn about how, with the support of Oxfam, hundreds of families who survived the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are now growing fruit and vegetables in their backyards or on rooftops. See Session 10 in Stories from Haiti (7-11) and Stories from Haiti (11-14).

- 11-14: Get active by learning about climate change, writing or drawing personal messages to your MP and holding an MP meeting. See For The Love Of...  

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Theme 6: The Environment - Protect the planet

- 7-11: Explore how some communities around the world are being affected by climate change and how they are adapting to it.                                          Try Sessions 4 and 5 in Climate Challenge (7-11).      Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Her Hinsawdd.

- 11-14: Use a vulnerability game, case studies and role to learn more about how some communities around the world are being affected by climate change and how they are adapting to it.                                Try Sessions 4 and 5 in  Climate Challenge (11-14).   Ar gael yn Gymraeg: Her Hinsawdd

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Theme 7: The Global Goals - Global consciousness

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Expert Martin Woodhead discusses the goals