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Teachers from across the globe are being invited to help create the largest international lesson the world has ever seen

Posted by Dave Higgitt | April 06, 2015 | Teaching

At the end of September, schools across the world will join together to deliver ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’, an initiative which aims to educate students about the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) using resources co-created by teachers and education specialists.

The World’s Largest Lesson, delivered in partnership with UNICEF and with the support of TES Global and Education International (EI), is part of the Project Everyone initiative led by campaigner Richard Curtis. The initiative aims to communicate the SDGs to seven billion people in seven days after they have been announced by the secretary general of the UN in September.

Calling on the expertise of teachers to develop these resources, Project Everyone has launched a competition which invites teachers to submit lesson plan ideas to a special area of the TES website (by 17 April). The winning lesson ideas will be those that are most highly rated by other teachers. Winners will have their lesson plans published as a global set of learning resources on The World’s Largest Lesson website, to enable teachers to craft a relevant lesson on the SDGs for the children that they teach. A winning teacher will be invited, along with their school, to take part in a filmed lesson event with a visiting celebrity.

“The World’s Largest Lesson will be the biggest collaborative education project the world has ever seen,” said Richard Curtis. “By working in association with TES and Education International, Project Everyone are drawing on the unique creativity that the teaching community have in building understanding of difficult issues amongst children. This will be an opportunity for teachers to become recognised for their outstanding talent and indispensable expertise on a worldwide scale.”

All lessons will be supported by a short animated film (with an audio equivalent) by Sir Ken Robinson which will explain why the goals exist. It will convey the idea that everyone on the planet is part of a wider team and that the new SDGs are essentially a ‘to-do’ list for the planet, created and to be achieved through teamwork across all countries.

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