World’s Largest Lesson

World’s Largest Lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson is part of Project Everyone, a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to make the new UN Sustainable Development Goals better known and as such more effective.

Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable future brought a group of organisation in Wales together to support the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL) and frame it in a Welsh context related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Well-being Goals in the Well-being of Future Generation Act, a recent legislation sealed by the Welsh Government.

Project Everyone’s bold ambition to get the Goals into the hands of seven billion people in seven days will be supported in Wales as the group aim get every school in Wales involved in the project.

The global campaign is led by film-maker and campaigner Richard Curtis, working in partnership with the UN and with the help of some of the world’s biggest brands and global stars to channel the message through radio, film, mobile, online and beyond. The aim of the World’s Largest Lesson is to engage the generation of young people whose choices and creativity, as they grow up over the next 15 years, could make the vision of these goals a reality.

On 12 June 2015 Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales and The Wales We Want hosted a meeting with key organisations in Wales: Project Everyone, Size of Wales, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, Caerphilly County Borough Council, CFBT Education Trust, Education Dept NPT, Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera, WAGE (Wales Alliance for Global Education), South West and Mid Wales Consortium, The TYF Group, UNICEF, Welsh Government, Welsh Baccalaureate, Fair Trade Wales, Wales Africa Partnership and Pembrokeshire Sustainable Schools.

Project Everyone’s media pack will be available online from 26th June onwards: www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson. This will include:

  • A short animation written by Sir Ken Robinson and produced by Aardman Animations
  • A comic with teachers’ guides available on digital platforms
  • Creative elements with focus on themes and challenges within the goals such as climate change, inequalities, etc
  • Lesson plans – with a support package

WLL is focussing on children in upper primary (age group 8-11yrs) and lower secondary (age group 11-14yrs).

The plan is now to open the project in Wales to interested bodies and to ensure appropiriate materials are translated into Welsh which can then be shared through the WLL website. Schools can register online: www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson/preregistration/

Existing relevant resources

For more information please contact Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales: mari@cynnalcymru.com