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The Worlds Largest Lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson is an initiative delivered in partnership with UNICEF to raise children and young people’s awareness of the new Global Goals and encourage them to become actively involved.

The initiative began during the week of the 28th September 2015 to coincide with UNGA and the announcement of the Global Goals. Schools were asked to teach students a lesson about the Global Goals and encourage them to share their experience on social media. In its first year lessons took place in 160 countries with millions children taking part.

Young people can help achieve the global goals by holding their leaders accountable for the promises they are making – and by holding themselves accountable for building a better future for everyone.

Anthony Lake
UNICEF Executive Director

To aid teachers, a suite of creative resources have been produced from animated films to comics, activities and lesson plans. All of these are flexible, open source and free.

Two animations from Sir Ken Robinson and Aardman animations set a context for the Goals and encouraged student engagement. These animations are introduced by a range of high profile figures in native languages – Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, Neymar Jr, Kolo Touré, Emma Watson, Hrithik Roshan, Nancy Ajram and Queen Rania of Jordan.

All materials were produced in 10 core languages with the help of teachers and specialists from around the world.
15 high profile figures including senior members of government and members of royal families visited schools, taught lessons or launched the World’s Largest Lesson in their country.

Since the launch of the second phase of the World’s Largest Lesson on the 19th September 2016, over 100 countries have already participated, and there has been a high level of engagement from Ministers of Education themselves. Engagement with education communities on social media to share progress reached 183k people, and UNICEF tracked a potential reach of ½ billion people from the World’s Largest Lesson hashtags.

The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Values and lessons taught early in the childhood can lead to a better understanding and emphasis for a child on his/her future.

Sonam Kapoor
The World’s Largest Lesson India champion

The focus of the 2016 lesson was Goal 5, Gender Equality. This lesson was led by Emma Watson who encouraged students to take part in a project to measure Gender Equality in their local area and share this data. Over 40,000 students took part and helped build a world story map of Gender Equality from the point of view of children and young people.