"I am committed to integrating the Sustainable Development Goals."
Mentor Advocates are exceptional educators and leaders that have a proven track record working with schools and teachers to promote Education for Sustainable Development. They serve as official spokespersons for the Global Schools Program.
After going through a selection process, a training program, and the Advocates Program, Mentor Advocates are fully equipped with the knowledge of SDGs and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). They help transform learning environments, mobilize young people around the SDGs, and provide expertise to current Advocates working in communities globally.
NGUM DORIS WANCHIA EPSE KEMAJOU
"My Name is Ngum Doris Wanchia epse Kemajou. I have been a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in a Secondary School in Yaounde, Cameroon for 22 years. I am also an educator with the British Council English Connects Program. I became a Global Schools Advocate in February 2021. It has been an amazing experience all through."
"I am a researcher and a community educator with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals.
Currently, I am a mentor for the Global Schools Advocates in Cameroon and Chad and believe that
“Once and advocate, Always an advocate”.
“I am a teacher, entrepreneur and Advocate for the Global Schools Program. I have over six years of experience in teaching and advocacy. I am currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Business at UNICAF University.”
“I’m Ibrahima Sory Sow, young professional changemaker, community builder, and Advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals from Guinea. I am a former Global Schools Program Advocate, where I demonstrated an effective leadership approach to empower primary and secondary school directors and educators to bring the SDGs into classrooms and curriculum, in order to support a worldwide movement of education for sustainable development.”
Ibrahima Sory Sow
LILIAN ATIENO OLOO
"I am an early childhood educator. As a recipient of travel award and commendation by the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) in Education for Sustainable Development in Early Years, I work directly with my young learners to provie hands-on experiences that teach sustainability. Focusing on the ESD pillars and each sustainable development goal has opened their eyes to their great abilities as problem solvers and potential agents of change. These child-centered practices led to my nomination and award in best education practice by Rybakov Foundation in 2021, in honor of Lev Vygotsky, out of 117 applicants.
“I am a Kenyan teacher who is passionate about making this world a better home of men, beginning with my country. I look forward to being an integral component of Global Schools as we form a community of practice with other teachers.”
Elizabeth Wangari NjiHia
"I'm Lilian Ngandu.
I teach in an intergrated School, and l'm the teacher in-charge of the special unit. The Global Schools Program has helped me to facilitate inclusion. This is in line with goal number 4 education for all."
Lilian Njoki Ngandu
"I am an educator and an advocate for Sustainable Development Goals through the Global Schools Program. Through the program, I was recognized as the Global Schools Advocate of the Month. I also run an NGO that champions for equitable access to quality education in Kenya."
Simon Omusula Wamu
Bello Sheriff Adekunle
"I had a rare opportunity to be part of the 2021 cohort of the Global Schools Program. It really exposed me to the 21st-century teaching and learning pedagogy which affords my students the opportunity to identify common challenges confronting them and embrace the need to collaborate to offer solutions that are globally acceptable to challenges using their local content through critical thinking."
“My name is Kehinde Akinsola. I'm a community champion, an educator, and an SDGs and ESD Advocate.”
“I am a researcher, a facilitator of learning, SDG Advocate and I like everything I do to be well organized.”
"I am an experienced High School Educator/Administrator from Nigeria. I have expertise in school facilities/HR management, lesson planning, educational technology, and differentiated instruction. As an Academy Member at HundrED, I work to identify and endorse impactful and scalable education innovations that are changing the way our children are learning."
ONUH OYIGOGA JOHN
Sodiq Temitope Odutola
"As a School Health Educator, my participation in the Global Schools program played a key role in identifying the link between health education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in my classroom. The knowledge acquired was pivotal in integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into my subject curriculum, with Project-based Learning being the major tool in the process of making my students the Changemakers and drivers of global development agenda in my school and local community."
“My name is RAMADHANI ALLY RASHIDI. A former Global Schools Advocate and Mentor for this Cohort.”
Ramadhani Ally Rashidi
LAWRENCE GODFREY KAMANGA
“I am an Educational Development Practitioner with four years of development work experience in several civil society organisations and International Development programmes including, the Global Schools Program, Tariro House of Hope, and the Office of the African Union Youth Envoy (OYE). I graduated from Midlands State University (MSU) in 2017 with a First-Class Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and was awarded an MSU Book Prize.”
ADMIRE T MPOFU
"I am a Heritage Studies, Guidance and Counselling, and History teacher who does not want to see history repeating itself as mankind destroys the environment. I want to facilitate the preservation of the environment as heritage for future generations. I am an advocate for environmental conservation and children's rights. I am an Advocate for Education for Sustainable Education as it is learner-centered and solution-based. I'm currently involved as a Facilitator of the Environmental and Rights Clubs at Nketa High School (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)."
“I am Ezekiel Emanuely Ntandu from Tanzania, a Global School Advocate from a previous cohort. I am passionate about Sustainable Development Goals and Education for Development.”
Ezekiel Emanuely Ntandu
“I am a former Global School Advocate from São Paulo, Brazil, with backgrounds in broadcasting, visual arts, dance and who has been working as Arts, STEM and Maker teacher from junior high to high school. I'm passionate about the transformative power of Arts and Education and believe that the SDGs are essential tools in these processes.”
CARLA LYRA JUbILUT
"I've been working with our school's Interact Club to raise funds for various projects both locally and internationally. Our students also participate in the Model United Nations Assembly every year."
“I am Daniela Avila. I am a teacher, a translator, and a facilitator for the Culture of Peace & Doing Good. I am a vegetarian and a promoter of plant-based lfiestyles. I am a Global Schools Advocate from Honduras 2019-2020 and I am the Global Schools Mentor Advocate Honduras 2021-2022. Also, I'm the Island Innovation Ambassador Honduras 2021 of the International Island Innovation."
Kimberly Anderson is currently attending California State University, San Marcos majoring in Environmental Studies. In 2016 became the founder and president of the Ocean Conservation Club and in 2017 was elected the Student at Large for Sustainability for the Associated Students Board of Directors. She has been recognized for her achievements through the Tukwut Leadership Awards as CSUSM's most outstanding freshman. Anderson is a proud advocate for climate justice as a Climate Reality Leader and for the sustainable development goals as a global schools ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network Youth Initiative.
“I am a passionate educator who embraces the power of education to transform ourselves and the world. Together we can reach the unimaginable. It is a matter of believing in it.”
Elynn Vazquez Wong
“A teacher and administrator for more than 30 years, I was in the 2020-2021 Global Schools Advocacy cohort and was recently named as his school's first Director of Sustainability Programming & Initiatives. I have spent most of his time in the classroom teaching in the Humanities and over the last few years have worked with my colleagues to develop a project-based/purpose-based SDG cross-curricular program.”
THOMAS C STEWART
“The Global Schools Program has changed my life in so many ways. It has empowered me and turned me into a leader in my community. It has connected me to so many people around the globe and taught me so much with each webinar. I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to serve.”
"As Founder and Chief Education Officer of KIDsforSDGs, I have one core mission: empowering teenagers to problem frame, ideate, prototype, solve and scale their passion-led SDG thought, action and ambition. Through this strategy, the 300+ student members at KIDsforSDGs are acquiring the necessary skills to be leaders aligned with the future of education, employment, and entrepreneurship. As a Global Schools Program Mentor, a World Economic Forum UpLink and Global Innovator, and a Catalyst 2030 member, I seek to build a hub in North Asia for knowledge transfer and know-how sharing amongst past and future advocates in the region - so that as a collective, we can help scale the SDGs with higher depth and breadth!"
“I’m Gem Jos, an English department teacher and member at Viswajyothi Public School in Kochi, Kerala. As an Advocate of Global Schools, I am part of a program which focuses on providing the next generation of changemakers of our world a firm foundation and set of skills on sustainability. I am implementing ESD at my school among students from Grade 1 to Grade 12. To the best of my ability, I hope to guide and encourage the mentees who have been allocated to me.”
"It's a complete privilege, and it's an absolute honor to incorporate and inculcate all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations at their fullest! I wish to underline and recall a statement that highly motivated me during the GSA Graduation ceremony by the Global School Advocate Team 'As we say at Global Schools Once You are An Advocate REMEMBER you are Always an Advocate!'"
"I am an experiential learner, who involves one's heart in learning new things and sharing my insights gained to the younger generation."
Gautham Varada Narayan
"Hello! I am Gautham Varada Narayan from India. Pursuing education in the field of Human Development and Sustainability at the University of Geneva and through my several years of experience in the field of Education for Sustainable Development, I have witnessed the role of sustainable practices in creating a better tomorrow for all. This better tomorrow will not be led by us but by the dreamers of today and the changemakers of the future- the students. Having worked with schools in the city of Hyderabad and several governmental schools in Kerala, India as a Global Schools Advocate, I have been able to learn from the vigour and innovative thinking of the student generation and have also experienced and overcome the several hurdles that came along the way in implementing the vision of the Global Schools Program. As one of the Mentors to Global Schools Advocates, I wish to share my experiences and assist the Advocates in creating an effective and conducive platform for our future leaders.
Jhun Ree Descartin
"As an educator, it is a big privilege to impart the knowledge and expertise I gained through the Global School Advocates Program, especially durng the time of that pandemic, that teachers and learners should have incessant learning processes. I am deeply honored to mentor the new batch of Global School Advocates across different countries."
"I graduated from the school of International Peace Studies at Soka University Japan in March 2020. As a master’s student at Soka University, my research was focused on “Global Citizenship Education as an educational priority to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. Since August 2019, I have been working as a Global Schools Advocate in Japan. As an Advocate, I assisted schools in Japan with implementing SDG education and Global Citizenship Education. I am also a trained Climate Reality Leader via US Vice President Al Gore as a part of his project ‘Climate Reality Project – Tokyo’."
“I am a global teacher who aims high and acts boldly when it comes to raising global citizens who are alert to the most pressing issues in the world.”
Farah Ahmad Ali
“I am Amanda Tiang San from Miri, East Malaysia. I have been a teacher for almost 20 years. I love to learn about different cultures, traditions, festivals and cuisines from around the world. I am grateful to be part of the GSP mentorship program and I hope to connect with more people.”
Amanda Tiang San
“I am Sandhya Subedi (She/her), a Registered Nurse and Public Health Graduate based on Rukum east, one of the remote mountain districts of Nepal. I am also a graduate of the Global Schools Advocates Program. Outside of Global Schools, I am associated with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning as a country coordinator and Girls Empowered by Travel – Nepal as a General member. My professional work focuses on SDG 2, 3, 4 ,5 and 10 as these goals have direct linkage with SDG 3, Good health and wellbeing.”
“I am a trained Climate Reality Leader and Mentor, a UN Volunteer, and SDG Advocate from Pakistan. I am currently the country coordinator for COY16 (The 16th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth) and member of the youth constituency of UNFCCC and UNEP MGCY. Professionally, I am a researcher and geoscience professional and have worked with multinational and private companies.”
Hafiz Jawad Sohail
“I hold a master’s degree in TESOL and an M. Phil in ELT. I am a licensed Cambridge trainer. Currently enrolled in DELTA. I train teachers in Bloom's Taxonomy, PBL and differentiated tasking. I am an Educationist and an Entrepreneur, STEM ED Fellow of the Jhumki Basu Foundation New York, National Geographic Certified Educator, Scientix Ambassador (An organization working with 32 Ministries in Europe for the promotion of STEM and STEAM), WLF Ambassador, Climate Advocate, UN volunteer, senior goodwill ambassador of CDRS and an Advocate of the Global Schools Program. My core teaching philosophy and pedagogy revolves around critical thinking, design thinking, global citizenship,transformative education and SDGs.”
“I’m Dr. George M. De La Cruz from the Philippines, and a staunch advocate for Sustainable Development Goals, Global Citizenship, and Cultural Education. I’m a Senior High teacher of Handumanan National High School. My advocacy is premised on my own philosophy that bringing the school closer to the community truly permeates to people of all ages who are deprived of formal training and education. Advocating for the SDGs in the community will be the key to national resiliency!”
George de la cruz
“I'm Lara Marie Achondo, a Global Schools Advocate from the Philippines and a Social Science Teacher for High School students. I feel proud and happy to have a new set of Advocates that aims to transform the world of our students for a better future through educating the SDG, and it's my honor to be a mentor to all of them.”
Lara Marie Achondo
“I am Geetika Ghai from Singapore. Currently, I am a Teacher of Co-ordinated Sciences at an International School. I have been a Global School Program Advocate providing support and guidance to teachers and schools in integrating Education for Sustainable Development. I am a person with a kind heart, grit, and determination to make the world a better place. I find peace in singing, writing, crochet and mindful zen drawing.”
"My name is Çelebi KALKAN. I am a teacher in Turkey. I am the author of the Sustainable Development Goals Competency book for children."
"I am Özlem BENLİGİL, an English teacher from Turkey. I am very proud to be an Advocate of the Global Schools Program. I am sure that with more Advocates each year, we will contribute more and more to achieving the Global Goals. Once an Advocate, always an Advocate!"
"The man-made systems we have created are causing severe problems to our natural world and our societies. The Sustainable Development Goals will help us target the most important issues in which we all need to work. As a Global School Advocate, I have been able to share this understanding within my immediate community. As a Science Education facilitator, I am committed to working with young generations and helping them develop knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that promote a sustainable way of life, by facilitating the scientific foundation needed to understand and tackle Climate Change. We need to act now and work together on the restoration of our Earth, in order for current and future generations to live in a safe, fair, just and sustainable planet."
"I am a passionate global thinker, dedicated teacher, and Head of the Department of Humanities at an international school in Berlin, Germany. I am committed to engaging and empowering my students to transform our world and create the future they want by taking action for what they are passionate about. Inspired by the words of Robert F. Kennedy - "Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not." - I aim to instill a sense of social and environmental justice and responsibility in my students. Inquiry, creativity, global citizenship, Education for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, and curriculum go hand in hand to empower our students to become agents of transformative change."
"I am a purpose-driven graduate of sustainable development studies from Italy. I believe education is one of the most powerful tools to drive a paradigm shift towards a more conscious and responsible society. As a mentor, I aim to support Advocates in their mission, sharing ideas and lessons learned. I want to make them feel part of a strong and motivated network.”