Global Goals have been a topic of focus in a class for a very long time now. Whenever we have a possibility, we try to relate to them in our lessons and be reminded of how important it actually is to make changes. Today, we focus specifically on two goals, which in our opinion, should be prioritized and taken into account as first.
Goal 4- Quality education
Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.
The global goal number 4 has a lot of goals itself. Some of these goals are “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes”. Another goal is “By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university”.
The global challenge number 4, “quality education”, is in our opinion the most important one. We value the ability to solve the problems in your own nation. Therefore, the world needs an educated youth with the capability to resolve the global challenges, better than we have done before. If we take one of the global challenges targets for an example;
“By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries“
It may seem hard to people such as myself, living Norway, to find an easy way to contribute to their growth. However, Sandvika Videregående is in a partnership with a school in Lesotho. Some students and teachers travel down to Lesotho with a few of our old computers and new clothes. Sandvika has been in contact with this school in Lesotho for some years now. The school has been helped in many different ways, but we see that it clearly impacts the students and teachers in Lesotho.
So, in a way, a solution could be for more schools in other wealthy nations would follow the same lead, coming in contact with a school from a struggling country, we would increase the well-being of many students across the globe. As I previously stated, if we build a strong core of young students, with good knowledge of society and science, solving the other global challenges would come much easier.
Goal 17 – Partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
The problems the world is facing today aren’t tied to individual countries, they’re problems for the entire world. As our modern society becomes more globalized, it is evident that all the countries of the world need to take action together. This is the essence of the seventeenth global goal, partnerships for the goals.
To achieve the 17th global goal, the UN has come up with several targets we must hit. Among these are:
- Strengthen both domestic and international finance
- Developed countries should cooperate to assist and help developing countries with their economy
- Promote development of technology worldwide, also in the less developed countries
- Promote a universal trade, inclusive of all
- Increase the export of goods from developing countries, to increase their share of global exports
What can we do to contribute?
Goal number 17 is probably the most important goal of all, as it binds all the previous goals together and makes it actually possible to achieve. Luckily, we in the developing world have a great advantage in doing so. With so many well educated and creative people, we are finding ways to make to goal come true.
Therefore, we must ALL commit and come up with a resolution. Nowadays, information can be passed along incredibly easily. Through social media and other the networks, the word is spread by the speed of lighting. By having a good dialog with other countries, we all can have an impact on what is going to happen and how we will, together, achieve the goal.
An idea on how we can work together is to promote financial aid for developing countries. If we all come together and share the message, we can have a powerful impact in achieving the SDG nr 17.
Cicero once said
“We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.”
There is no way we can reach the goals as individuals. However, if we unite, we have endless possibilities.