Educating with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Volume 61 | Issue 1


An illustration of adults dressed up in clothes representing various careers.

Curriculum, Promising Practices, Teaching

How the UN SDGs Can Support Career Education

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Engagement, Equity, Sustainability

Shaping a Fairer World

A group of students and a teacher work with their electronic devices and papers around a table where there are model-sized wind turbines.

EdTech & Design, Promising Practices, Sustainability

Your SDGs To-Do List

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Promising Practices, Research, Sustainability

Design Thinking

A group of young students hold plants in a classroom.

On a global scale, we’re faced with complex societal and environmental challenges such as climate change, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation that we must address in order to achieve a more sustainable future for all. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out 17 action areas aimed at sustaining life (both human and non-human), ending poverty, and achieving social justice. These are the building blocks of global well-being.

For educators, the SDGs have enormous educational importance and potential. They offer cross-curricular relevancy and invaluable learning opportunities for students to discover their crucial role in solving local, regional, and global problems, starting in their own community. Simultaneously, education ministries, school districts and school communities will discover that engaging with the SDGs can support students in the important goal of acquiring the six pan-Canadian Global Competencies identified by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), to equip them to thrive in and shape their world. 

In this issue, we explore how educators can engage students to become active global citizens and authentically address global issues in empowering and hopeful ways.