You are looking for ways to engage students on the Sustainable Development Goals? Get inspired by some ideas in this post.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are the new global agenda to enable all humans to live a safe, peaceful and prosperous life within planetary boundaries. But how can you engage students on the SDGs?
1. SDG Assessment
Students conduct an inventory on what your university is already doing on the 17 SDG themes in education, research and operations. The results can be shared via social media, an interactive website and feed into ideas on what else the university should do to advance the SDGs.
2. Poster Campaign
Work together with journalists and designers to run workshops with students to develop posters on the SDGs. One poster per SDG. The posters could portrait facts, explain what each SDG is or how they are relevant for students and staff. Then run a campaign where the posters are hung up in hallways, classrooms or entrance halls. Once the posters are up, run a competition in which students can win a cool prize, if they manage to take a photo of themselves in front of all the 17 posters and share with you why they find the SDGs important.
3. SDG Theme Months
Ask students, staff and academics which SDG they find most important. From the results, pick the highest ranked goals and organise an engagement programme over one semester: Each month, there will be a different talk, video screenings, excursions, panel discussion or workshop on one of the SDGs that was identified in the survey.
4. Art Exhibition
Engage local artists to work together with the students on several afternoons to produce pieces of art, including photographs, paintings or sculptures, that symbolise one of the 17 SDGs. Then, organise a big art exhibition where the art work is shown and where the audience learns more about how the art relates to the SDGs. Make sure to take lots of photos to promote the art work also via social media.
5. Portrait alumni that take initiative on the SDGs
Showcase 17 alumni from your university that are each working on one of the different SDGs. Those can be alumni who published a research study on poverty reduction, set-up a renewable energy company, or work for an NGO on clean water. Portraying alumni can inspire students to follow careers to work towards the SDGs.
Text by Felix Spira. Thanks to Kat for sending this question.