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The five-part lesson series introduces students to an alternative way of thinking about the current model of economic development. The series takes on resource challenges, energy issues, and product design to help students imagine different ways of doing business in a new economic framework: a circular economy.
In September 2015, world leaders committed to global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of 17 objectives that rely on more than 150 specific targets. Following from the Millennium Development Goals, which spanned the period 2000-2015, the SDGs explicitly address the impact of a tidal wave of economic change which we are witnessing at a global level. The World’s Largest Lesson, together with its ambassadors, Sir Ken Robinson and Malala Yousafzai, believe that if every child in the world learns about these goals, they will become the generation that changes the world.
The lesson plans developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's education team will challenge students to step back and consider a new way of creating long-term economic prosperity, and discover why a whole-system approach is needed to respond to the economic, social and environmental challenges that the SDGs seek to address.
The five lessons are: