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Lesson Plan January 11, 2022

Using Pulitzer Center Reporting to Examine the SDGs

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Warm-up: Students discuss their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About the Resource: In September 2015, leaders of all 193 United Nations (UN) member states adopted Agenda 2030, an urgent call to all countries to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. This universal agenda contains the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Global Goals, also known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), lay out three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic challenges. These goals necessitate cooperation among governments, international organizations, the private sector, civil society, and the general public.

The 17 SDGs contain 169 targets (goals) and 230 indicators (metrics by which goals are measured). They address many challenges that our global society is facing, including environmental degradation, poverty, gender inequality, access to clean water, and more. If the SDGs are met, the world's environment would improve significantly, poverty would end, and all people would enjoy peace and prosperity. 

Education is recognized as both a key enabler and a driver of capacity building towards meeting the SDGs. Learning about the SDGs can help students gain a better understanding of the critical issues we are facing and the actions we could take to secure a better future. The role of youth is critical in achieving all SDGs. With this resource, students will explore Pulitzer Center-supported reporting that connects to all 17 SDGs and examine different approaches communities around the world have taken to tackle the challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click here for the United Nations list of SDGs.

Reflection and Discussion:  Students analyze and imagine the impact and efficacy of SDGs through class discussion.

Extension Activities:

  1. Explore and Present a Solution
  2. Evaluate SDG Progress
  3. Researching the History of SDGs
  4. Letter-writing
  5. Art for Change

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