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.