The Global Schools Program (GSP) is the flagship primary and secondary education program of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). GSP’s mission is to transform learning and give students the values and skills to succeed in an increasingly complex and challenging world. GSP believes teachers are crucial in the learning process, and provides teachers with free tools, frameworks, and training to teach sustainable development in the classroom; improve student skills; introduce the use of new pedagogical approaches such as active-learning and student-centered teaching methods; and improve the overall quality of education.
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What we do
Global Schools (GS) is a data-driven and evidence-based international education program that equips teachers with the knowledge, tools, and resources to promote ESD within their schools and classrooms. To do this, GS has developed a teacher training methodology called the Global Schools Advocates Program. This program equips teachers with training, a toolkit, and resources to transform pedagogy and promote sustainable development literacy in classrooms. GS complements this initiative with its research programs and high-level policy outreach.
Why it Matters
Research shows that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and its core pedagogical features, can be highly effective tools for enhancing educational outcomes, including increased academic skills and student attendance.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of ESD, it is not integrated into all classrooms globally. This is because policies have not been supported by increased resources to build teacher capacity and expertise on new pedagogical approaches
Research shows ESD fosters socio-emotional skills by engaging students in critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. ESD contributes to improved mental health, improved values toward minority groups, and improved conflict-resolution skills.
ESD gives students the knowledge and skills to navigate the challenges of the 21st century, including social, environmental, and economic disparities. ESD is also linked to more civic engagement and increased positive environmental behaviors.
Global Schools is a proud co-founder and partner of Mission 4.7. Mission 4.7 brings together leaders from government, academia, civil society, and business to accelerate the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development around the world. Mission 4.7 draws upon UNESCO’s global leadership, as well as on its responsibility for the monitoring of SDG Target 4.7. Given the importance of SDG Target 4.7 to children and young people, Mission 4.7 and the Education Technical Working Group will act as a high-level advisory board for the work of Global Schools.
Global Schools (GS) is the flagship K12 education program of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Established in 2012 by the former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and world-renowned economist and professor, Jeffrey Sachs, the SDSN promotes integrated approaches to implement the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation.