Author: 

Hayward Kwit

Date: 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In 2015, leaders of the 193 countries that make up the United Nations came together to adopt the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If met, these 17 goals will end extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030 in a way that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In order to frame the work our eighth grade students are doing in Service Learning, I presented the students with the goals and asked them to make connections between the goals and their direct and indirect service projects. With these goals in mind, our students are working on projects that reflect the second through fourth goals. By supporting the Unity Shoppe, we are working towards having zero hunger in our own community. In working with Direct Relief, both through fundraisers and by hosting them at the Crane Country Fair, we are aiding in promoting good health and well being. In our work with the students at Storyteller Children’s Center and Head Start Preschool, and by sponsoring children in Luanda, Kenya, we are working towards increasing quality education locally and globally. Many of the eighth graders want to take this a step further and fundraise for the Malala Fund, an organization that fights for access to girls’ education in countries where it is not the norm.

The meaning of the Goals for Sustainable Development are twofold; they highlight the areas of growth for our world and they provide an opportunity to foster creative innovation in solving the world’s largest problems. As our students thought of service projects they wanted to invest in, they had these goals in mind and were able to think of themselves and their work in connection to a global initiative. This is something all of us can do! I encourage you to learn more about the goals, see the progress being made, and start the conversation with your own family.
 
http://www.globalgoals.org/
 
Hayward Kwit
Service Learning Coordinator & Director of After School Programs