An article by Raymond Van Neste from his blog: ‘Learn English by Thinking Globally’. In the article he refers to the United Nations instigation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their purpose to today’s world.
The UN has instigated a global education programme which includes not only SDGs but also core ‘global skills’ one of which is the learning and teaching of language.
A need to ‘think globally’ in today’s world
During the last few years and after several years of research the United Nations have called for today’s young people to start to ‘think globally’. Education, particularly in schools around the world as well as business requirements globally are related to a new world economy where the needs are now intercultural and based on sustainability and human need.
English language and core skills
As a consequence, recently, since the Global Goals were finally agreed by the member states of the United Nations in 2016, the British Council have very successfully taken-this-up and become a major contributor to the needs of education and business.
17 United Nations Global Goals
There is a total of 17 United Nations Global Goals and each has its own name relating to its own purpose such as to end poverty or to work towards ending inequality or global warming (these are shortened versions of the full titles). In Raymond Van Neste’s blog all of the Global Goals are looked at one by one so that they can all be reviewed and put into the perspective of one or more English language lessons which covers both grammar and skills.
Copyright. A Need to Think Globally. Raymond Van Neste 19/5/2018 ©