Hurghada, Egypt, July 5, 2018 – On July 4, 2018 more than 550 young people from over 122 countries and territories came together in Hurghada, Egypt to teach the World’s Largest Lesson to 5000 local citizens and visitors in one day.
The AIESEC YouthSpeak Forum delegates were trained to deliver the World’s Largest Lesson to engage citizens with the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, an ambitious agenda to end extreme poverty and fight inequality, injustice and climate change by 2030.
Led by AIESEC and World’s Largest Lesson, in partnership with UNICEF, Chen Yidan Foundation, and Yidan Prize Foundation, the event in Hurghada followed the successful launch of the World’s Largest Lesson Youth Takeover concept at last year’s Global YouthSpeak Forum in Cartagena, Colombia. Since then, the concept has been spread around more than 20 countries and territories where YouthSpeak Forum delegates took the lead to educate over 20,000 children and adults about the importance of the 2030 agenda.
This year, being once again the activation space of the Global YouthSpeak Forum, all delegates were placed around schools and business centers within the city of Hurghada, Egypt for one hour to educate over 5,000 local citizens and visitors about the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event in Hurghada is part of a campaign to empower young people around the world to take ownership of the UN agenda as the generation who will be most affected by its success or failure, by educating young and old, and inspiring them to take action in their everyday lives.
The large scale activation is a tangible step towards achieving Global Goal 4, Quality Education, which includes targets to teach sustainable development and to ensure equality of access to education for everyone. It was ranked as the Goal young people most want to take action on in the YouthSpeak survey of 160,000 millennials conducted by AIESEC.
“The Global Goals are for everyone, we can only achieve the 2030 agenda if we all are on board and if all of us know what needs to change. The World Largest Lesson in Hurghada will be important to show how young people can take action and encourage young and old to join us in action.”
Alejandro Martinez, Youth Participant
About the World’s Largest Lesson
World’s Largest Lesson is an initiative to share the Global Goals for Sustainable Development with every child, and encourage them to take action to help achieve the 17 Goals by their 2030 deadline.
Celebrated annually in September, World’s Largest Lesson is an initiative of Project Everyone, the organisation co-founded by filmmaker, campaigner and UN SDG Advocate Richard Curtis to accelerate global awareness of the new Goals through the power of creative communication. Delivered in partnership with UNICEF and with the help of UNESCO, The World’s Largest Lesson has reached over 100 countries by offering free, creative resources to educators in over 40 languages. Bridging sectors it works with Ministries, CSOs, corporate volunteers and education business to communicate the Goals to children and young people, with the support of public figures like Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, Kolo Touré, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sir Ken Robinson and, last year, from Emma Watson who led their Lesson on Global Goal 5, Gender Equality.
The World’s Largest Lesson will focus on the theme of food, inviting children to examine their own meal to discover how food choices impact across the Global Goals, and to pledge or advocate for changes that will contribute to the achievement of the Goals.
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