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The sustainable development goals (the global goals) from the UN are the successors of the millennium goals. These development goals will be for the years 2015-2030. All the 193 countries of the UN adopted on September 25th, 2015 these goals.
In total there are 17 goals, which cover most of the areas of life. As a school we want to make our contributing to these goals. In a direct way we will contribute to the following goals:
Quality Education. Our school wants to help to improve the quality of the education in Mpongwe and Zambia. Teachers need to get extra training or courses, so they can provide the highest quality. Furthermore, each child should get the chance to develop himself/herself in his/her way. Pupils with challenges should get the attention they need, while the pupils who are far ahead of the class should get extra work, so that they will not get bored.
Gender equality. As a school we want to promote gender equality. Boys and girls both belong in school and need to finish so that their future will be brighter. If we notice that girls are dropping out of school, we need to do a follow up. Visit their homes, talk to the parents/guardians and make clear that education is very important for the girl child. Furthermore, we have to stand up against early marriages and teen pregnancies. If for some reason this still may happen, we need to promote that the child will still stay in school and after a pregnancy comes back to finish school.
Clean water and sanitation. This goal will be reached immediately, but also in the future. Because of drilling to water, there will be access to clean water at the school. Also people from the near community will have access to this water.
Indirectly there are also goals we contribute to:
No poverty. Children are the most affected group if it comes to poverty. Through education this can be reduced, because in the end the educated children will be employed and through this way poverty will be reduced. This will be a long term goal, but through education this goal can be reached.
No hunger. This is also a long term goal, like the ‘no poverty’ goal. Children who get educated will after finishing their school (of which we will be a part of) get a job which gives them money. Through this money they can support their extended family and hunger will be reduced.
Good health. The well-being of children will be promoted through them going to school. Teachers should be alerted if a child doesn’t look to be in good health or acts depressed and report this to the parents/guardians and headmaster of the school, so the child will be checked up in the hospital.
Good jobs and economic growth. After finishing our school, several children can already be employed. Others will go to tertiary education. With good education the chance to get a job grows.
Partnerships for the goals. The school has to find out how they can partner up with the health and education departments, the council, hospital and NGOs in the district, so they can work together in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
In the future we would like to add more of the Sustainable Development Goals to our school. For example:
Clean water and sanitation. One of the phases of the school is to build a toilet building with flushing toilets. This will contribute to sanitation and a cleaner ground.
Responsible consumption. Climate action. Renewable energy. Life on land. These goals are put together because they are connected if it comes to our school. Through informative workshops and knowledge from environmental scientists, the school has to contribute to climate action. The children have to learn that not all the materials they use are right, that throwing around waste is not good and through changing from pit latrines to flushing toilets, the ground will be less polluted. Furthermore, explanation needs to be done about cutting of trees, burning waste and usage of charcoal. The school itself should try to use sustainable energy (solar energy) where possible.
This will mean that in the end 12 out of 17 goals will be used in and around our school, directly or indirectly.