On 13 May 2019, the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria paid a visit to Lehlabile Secondary school in Mamelodi Township, Pretoria, for and an educational outreach aiming at enriching, empowering and educating about 47 Grade 10 learners about the United Nations (UN) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNIC Pretoria was warmly welcomed by staff and the learners as learners toured the set-up of the library which included a colorful arrangement of SDG posters and its relation to the challenges experienced in their community.
Hope Kabamba teaching Lehlabile High school learners about the SDGs.
Learners were then introduced to the various links of the SDGs as well as a video of what the SDGs are and why they are so important. This was followed by a short video about the UN, how the UN works, its structure and history which led to an interactive discussion on the global organization and its relevance especially in today’s times.
A second video of the 17 SDGs; was also screened to learners to elaborate on SDGs, MDGs and 4 key principles aligning the SDG and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development framework for tackling poverty, build economic growth, education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, climate change and environmental protection. Learners were later quizzed on everything they had viewed thus far and presented with fun SDG prizes.
The SDG games were met with great enthusiasm and learners were able to link the SDGs to their community and the challenges faced by communities as a whole. Many left with solutions and ideas on how to tackle various issues which led to many realizing that each and every person, young and old have a role to play in achieving the SDGs and making he world a better place for all. Educational materials to enhance teacher-students learning about the UN and SDGs were handed over to the teachers and the school library which will promote ongoing learning about the SDGs.