How can you get the next generation interested in making a difference?
There is a saying that goes, ‘You cannot fix a problem that you’re not aware exists.’ Technology has changed our lives forever, especially the way people learn. In a recent study, it was shown that students who took the time to understand what’s going on in the world were twice as likely to do something about it. Put simply, the successful implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hinges on raising awareness and educating the masses about these critical areas.
1. Curriculums need to be more inclusive
Gone are the days when children had to learn only how to read and write at school. Governments and corporate leaders are aware of the need to educate students beyond literacy. Instead of simply giving children the basics of education, it’s time to present to them real world challenges and get them thinking. Many schools have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness particularly of environmental issues through essay contests.
2. Education isn’t only obtained at school
Teaching of the sustainable goals should not be left to teachers in formal schools only. At community level, there should be taskforces equipped to go into different areas and bring the needed knowledge on issues affecting the community and ways these can be addressed. What’s crucial to understand is that people will only make the necessary changes if they understand why the way they have been doing things is a problem. For example, it’s not enough to tell people to simply switch to alternative energy sources. They need to understand the why first.
3. Take advantage of the different technologies
In order to reach a broader audience to raise SDG awareness, the responsible authorities need to take advantage of all the different communication channels available. It is estimated that at least 45.12% of the world’s population has access to a smartphone. That’s 3.5 billion people that can be reached directly. Social media founders should be engaged in helping to also promote awareness. For example, Facebook has over 2.45 billion active monthly users.
4. Education is key but not all that’s needed
It is imperative to understand that the role played by education in helping to address and solve these world issues is critical. However, it is not enough. You may be asking what else is needed before we can see the comprehensive application of the SDGs. There is need for resources and a strong will. Education forms the framework to understand the problems that need to be addressed. But the people must then be equipped with the needed resources to change their way of life and adopt cleaner, greener habits. And this will not happen overnight.
5. Effective teaching aids that will go a long way
You need to appreciate that people learn in different ways. And because you wish to reach a wider audience, the way you educate and present information has to be dynamic. Material that’s age appropriate needs to be prepared and readily available for download from anywhere so that those wishing to access the information can do so. In addition, information should always be presented in bite sized chunks for better absorption and retention. What’s more, simplify how you intend to deliver the content to your respective audience. Keep it entertaining and use stories for emphasis. Lastly, don’t forget to present actionable takeaways. Provide solutions that are easy enough to implement when your audience gets home.
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