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Sana. M and Viola H. (right to left) conducted virtual lessons via Zoom with Year 4 students. (Photo: Jo T.)
Our school integrates Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into our curriculum from a very young age. SDG is a series of goals that targets different environmental, economic, political and social issues that are prevalent all over the world. Learning about these ensures that students progress through the years with vital knowledge about our wider community. Being a part of this education initiative and actively discussing world issues with fellow students has been remarkable.
Due to the pandemic, we used virtual lessons with interactive videos, activities and games to help the younger students we were teaching to grasp the different aspects of climate change and the goal of Climate Action.
Over the three lessons, we had discussions about ways humans are impacting our environment, what we can do as students, and initiatives that already exist around the world. The enthusiasm we received from the students and the eagerness to participate was inspiring and eye opening.
We assigned our students short activities, such as creating colorful mind maps and booklets. These activities helped them gain a better understanding of the topic and allowed them to share their knowledge with family and friends.
By engaging with these set of goals, students are becoming more aware of the world they live in and how they can take steps to make it more fair for people and animals alike. It is preparing them to lead with change as they progress through the years and continue to inspire older and younger generations.
Through this experience, I gained an appreciation for all that our teachers do for us, and especially all the ways they have had to adapt to virtual school. So, while overcoming some technical difficulties was challenging, it didn't take away from the wonderful time we had learning together and becoming more well-rounded students who wish to create a lasting impact on our world.