This guide supports teachers and educators working with young people to deepen their understanding of education about and for the SDGs and to see how global citizenship education (GCE) approaches and methodologies can underpin good practice. The guide also explores the benefits and challenges of using the SDG framework with learners in schools. It recognises that educators are likely to be in different places with their engagement with the SDGs and GCE, so while this guide is designed to be introductory, it also signposts ways in which more experienced practitioners can develop their thinking and understanding further. Ideally, schools would take a whole-school approach to the SDGs, embedding their themes across the curriculum and the life of the school, empowering young people to take action for them, and supporting wider community engagement.
However, this guide recognises that this may not always be feasible and aims to support learning and thinking about the SDGs, and acting on them, in a range of school contexts. Practical advice, activity ideas, case studies and useful links and resources are provided to inspire and support educators with a rich breadth of ways in which learners can engage with the SDGs. The guide also serves as a useful stimulus for professional development, linking to educational priorities such as values, curriculum development and working with the local community.