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Week 33: SDG 17 – Partnership for the goals
This week's LIO is all about UN SDG #17 - Partnerships for the Goals. All of the goals outlined in the SDGs can only be realized when there are strong global partnerships and cooperation between governments, organizations, and institutions. In order to achieve sustainable development, there needs to be inclusive partnerships at the local, national, regional, and global levels that share the vision and goal of a sustainable future. Stronger international cooperation is now needed more than ever in order to achieve the SDGs!

The activities below introduce students to many concepts surrounding the global goals and taking action towards change. Remember to respect the physical distancing practices in place in your area while exploring outdoor activities!
This series of videos introduces early childhood students to the Sustainable Development Goals through the animated children’s series Thomas & Friends. The videos present six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations. The video Life Lessons and activities aim to raise awareness of the SDGs to help teach younger children why achieving these goals is important for everyone in the world.

  • Watch Understanding Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals to learn more about SDG 17
  • Encourage students to think through problems facing the world today while connecting them to the SDGs with Introducing the Global Goals lesson plan
  • Use the Global Goals Posters as a teaching tool to introduce the Global Goals or as a poster in the classroom
  • Have students design a comic poster for SDG 17 or another global goal
  • Write a postcard to a friend or family member telling them about your favourite global goal
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Grades 3-6
This SDG board game helps students understand the Sustainable Development Goals, how the global goals impact their lives and what they can do every day to help achieve the 17 Goals by 2030.

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This resource has students envision a world where the Global Goals have been achieved. The resource begins with an activity designed to provide an entry point to the goals. Students turn their learning into action by taking a personal pledge and sharing it with the class and family.

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This resource introduces students to environmental stewardship and tasks them to develop and implement a personal plan of action to address an environmental issue. It touches on conservation, citizenship, human-made disasters, natural resources, pollution, and activism. Students will explore the four economic sectors and the responsibility to care for the environment.

  • Watch Understanding Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals to learn more about SDG 17
  • Survey your local community to identify needs and challenges linked to the SDGs. Go on a walk around your locality and take photographs or draw rough sketches. Discuss and decide what the priorities for your community are before considering possible approaches for making positive changes
  • Turn your ideas into action with Guide to Action: Simple Steps Towards Change; it provides the information you need to devise an action plan
  • Use SDG apps to share thinking and learning about the SDGs. Use virtual classroom tools to enable learners to connect and share their ideas with young people in other parts of the world
  • Register your actions and initiatives on the SDGs Partnerships Platform to inform, educate, network and be inspired!
  • Create a swap and shop event in your school. Demonstrate the importance of universal, open and non-discriminatory trade. Have students donate and swap clothing to understand better how trade functions and how it can benefit everyone
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About Learning Inside Out

Above you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our Learning Inside Out page, so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database, simplified and adapted for both outdoor learning in the school yard or at-home as needed. The activity descriptions above should contain all the information and links that you need!

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