How do we as a culture in both our local and global communities, create goals and implement them into the lives of the people we are here to serve?
Writing goals down on a piece of paper can be easy, especially if it’s for the development of our personal lives. We all know how to take the next step of scheduling and planning our goals, so they become real. But how do we as a culture in both our local and global communities, create goals and implement them into the lives of the people we are here to serve? In January 2016, the United Nations announced and began to implement their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These goals are intended for a global shift, however, GCSN have taken on the “act local, think global” approach and started to create a change in the community that will, in both the short and long term, have great effects on the global community.
The Sustainable Development Goals are…
Goal 1: No poverty
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
Goal 4: Quality education
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 14: Life below water
Goal 15: Life on land
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
At first glance of the goals you may think that GCSN is only implementing the Quality Education Goal for the students and staff at Christchurch schools and beyond. However, when we think about the success of one goal rippling out and creating success in the other goals, giving quality education and access to technology for all students is foundational to the other goals success.
“The world is more interconnected than ever. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation.”
GCSN projects and the Sustainable Development Goals
GCSN have two projects they are proud of that directly respond to the SDG.
The ConnectED Haeata project, is a WiFi solution giving 360 students from Haeata access to educational WiFi from their homes at no cost. This project gives students access to internet at home for free, allowing them to reinforce their class lessons learnt during the day, take full advantage of all the opportunities for learning that are available through the Internet; and enhance their future career and education prospects.
TToM 2019 Workshops are 20 x 2.5 hour workshops covering the topics of; Google for Admin Staff, Google Classroom, Sphero, BeeBots, Play based Learning with a Digi Spin, Hapara and more. The workshops have been specifically designed with schools needs in mind. The workshops align with current trends in schools and with the NZ National Curriculum.
Both projects answer the call to the following goals from the United Nations Development Programme.
Quality education – “Education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development.” GCSN specialises in this goal with a ripple effect happening in both the short and long term.