Good thing, we have lots of resources around about making the world a better place to live in. Inclusivity mantra. Yes, if we want peaceful world, all-- no exceptions-- must have their safe spaces, and nary an issue about their uniqueness be used against them, by those bullies around.
Even those who are so-called in the position of power. Sad thing, lots have already suffered from their excesses. Lots have been victims of their greed, mal-education and the like.
Good riddance to those who have gone, bring with you your prejudices and narrow-mindedness.
Sustainable Development Goals are great ways toward making this world livable to all beings, not just the majority who thinks they are privileged to be condescending, favored and can always get off the hook of their wrongdoings.
As conscientious person, this must be things to reflect on. Why are there people who are selfish, hateful and greedy; yet, pretending to be good, and kind and sane?
So as to help global initiative gaining momentum in sharing wisdom about making the world a better place to all, teachers are great advocates of this overcoming ignorance mantra, and let action toward climate change, poverty, pollution, overpopulation and the like be done. Yes, in our hands lie the solutions to all our woes, especially this trying time where COVID-19 is wrecking havoc to our sanity, economy and the whole shebang of our existence.
Here are doable lesson integration of SDGs 2030, and beyond.
Deck of cards with printed SDG symbols on them can be a lot of fun in a language lesson. Pick one card and tell a word, phrase or sentence about it. This way, a beginner English learner could practice his/her language skills, and having fun with other learners around. More of this type of classroom game could be done; yes, they are having deep learning once they can share their own insights about these 17 wisdom toward creating awareness and who knows, they might be advocates too in the near future.
2. Writing Stories or Poems
Say, after a video has been presented to them about tsunami wrecking havoc to a coastal country or what, flooding or landslide in progress caught by video-camera or what, students could write their own insight on the importance of conserving natural resources instead of letting people with insatiable appetite for power, money and influence ransack the forest for logging purposes, mountainous areas for mining purposes, and so on and so forth. We have plenty of stories where these kind of abuses to our environment are happening hourly every day despite the effort of those people protecting them from such selfish and abusive individuals.
3. Role Playing
Stories or news on war, conflict because of different beliefs and all are good avenues for students to gain insights on social and political dynamics. Yes, when an individual is exposed to the real scenario, hardship people face in areas with war, political conflict and the like, he or she can empathize with their sad plight, and could do something toward impending war or conflict. It takes a courageous one to lit a fire of enlightenment, a little action to make others see what's coming, and more actions which might have impact to all sane people and help out. In the quest for peaceful world-- free of violence through acts of terrorism, hatred and so on, each global citizen has a chance to pitch in, be an agent of change and bearer of light against ignorance and all.
Well, a lot of wisdom can really be taken from learning global issues, tackling ways on how to contribute to this global effort toward a better world, better living and more meaningful journey, for each and everyone.
What it takes for us to do is to be open to change. It might be key toward getting our world kinder, saner and better--for all of us.
Larry Icabandi Nabiong
IP/Environment advocate, grade school teacher, novella author/article writer, grape nook grower and social entrepreneur wannabe. These, and more, are things that make him busy and inspired to wake up-- and grind