*An article authored by the student participants of the High School Practicum programme
To end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, a new sustainable development agenda was released on the 25th of September 2015. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can only be reached through the cooperation of governments, the private sector and civil society. The aim to develop the present and future is crucial for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.
The second day of the high school practicum programme started with a presentation on the SDG’s. The first mentioned and elaborated goal was: “No poverty”. Noting that poverty is more than the lack of income and resources, but that limited access to education must also be taken in consideration. The elderly and youth are most vulnerable to poverty and are mostly affected during an economic crisis.
The goal of “Zero hunger” goes hand in hand with the above mentioned goal as well as the aspect of “Good health and well-being”, which promote healthy lives and well-being for all ages. Furthermore “Quality education” and “Gender equality” are crucial goals for sustainable development. Due to bad economics and infrastructure, water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation the goal of “clean water and sanitation” formation.
Goal 7 represents “affordable and clean energy” because quality jobs reflect in economic growth, goal eight “decent work and economic growth” was initiated. In relevance to the previously mentioned goal, “industry, innovation and infrastructure” was created. Investments in transport irrigation and information and communication technology rapid and sustained increases in living standards are safeguarded, because least developed countries are most vulnerable to inequalities in culture, religion, race and gender, the United Nations manifested the goal “reduced inequalities”. Other goals include “sustainable cities and communities”, “responsible consumption and production”, “climate action” as well as “life below water”, “life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. For all of the above mentioned goals, one goal was established to guarantee the successful, sustainable development. Required “Partnerships for the goals” are built upon values, principals and the shared vision of placing the world and its people at centre.
After being given a great deal of information, the students were divided into various groups and given the task on how to implement the SDG’s on a national and international platform. For children to be educated one must make quality education affordable and accessible. This was mentioned and further detailed on by the first group as well as the goal of a shielding cities and communities as hubs for ideas, culture, science, etc. When the 2nd group took the floor to reveal their actions on “Life below water” and exertions on “reduced inequalities”, the 3rd team could not hide their excitement on sharing their resolutions in reference to “gender equality” and “climate action”. We must remember that we all leave a green footprint on our ecosystem therefore we must respect and bear it. Concluding the presentations, the 4th group provided the team with a lecture on “Life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. Each team received feedback concerning the correct use of terminology and good posture during a presentation.
Lastly a video of how to properly write an article was shared with the team. Afterwards each scholar was assigned to write an article regarding any SDG of their choice. Inspiration was drawn when listening to their resolutions and opinions on social and economic issues and their vision to a safe and stable future.
Conclusively one can state that there is still much room for improvement on a basis on communicative and social skills. Every day remains a challenge, the team is motivated to give their ultimate best when solving various assigned tasks or challenges.