The World’s Largest Lesson, in partnership with UNICEF and supported by Hasbro, has launched Explorers for the Global Goals, a set of free learning resources that give children aged 4-8 the opportunity to explore simple concepts around global issues and develop skills for life.
Since 2015 The World’s Largest Lesson has been committed to introducing children and young people everywhere to the Global Goals, a historic 17-point plan agreed upon by world leaders of the United Nations to end poverty, tackle inequality and fight climate change. In 2019, The World’s Largest Lesson reached 17 million children. Now, for the first time, they are reaching out to a younger age group, to introduce the concepts and characteristics that can help children engage with the world’s “to-do list” for people and the planet.
These five new learning experiences offer playful activities and some colorful characters to promote empathy, curiosity, creativity, problem solving and communications skills in an interactive, flexible framework. Explorers for the Global Goals incorporates multiple opportunities for children to demonstrate their innate creativity while exploring concepts like peace, nature and home.
“Millions of children – and their parents – have had their lives disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolated in our homes, it’s easy to feel like our world has shrunk,” said Alison Bellwood, Creator and Director of The World’s Largest Lesson, part of Project Everyone. “Our hope is that with these activities, parents can help young children maintain a sense of community and connection with the outside world, by exploring big ideas through play.”
“As a company dedicated to making the world a better place for children and their families, Hasbro is proud to support these valuable resources for children to become Explorers for the Global Goals,” said Kevin Colman, Director of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact at Hasbro. “These playful, creative learning experiences are great activities that parents and caregivers can use to teach empathy, develop important life skills and engage kids during extended time at home.”
Explorers for the Global Goals invites young children and the adults in their lives to take part in shared learning experiences based on play. The activities are simple and flexible, encouraging parents and educators to adapt and get creative. Many of the activities encourage children to engage with nature, in order to foster an appreciation of the natural world and the importance of protecting it.
You can find the whole set of activities here: https://bit.ly/3bdQYb8.
Parents and educators are encouraged to share photos of the activities in action on social media using #GlobalGoalsExplorers and tagging @WorldsLargestLesson.
These resources were developed and tested in collaboration with teachers and school leaders in the UK, US, Nigeria and Kenya. The lead author is Jennifer Williams, a global expert in education for the Global Goals with nearly 25 years’ of experience as a teacher, professor and activist.