Teachers of the world! Join in to create the world’s largest lesson

  • In September 2015 the world will have a plan. twll-white-large
  • What’s yours?
  • Help to create The World’s Largest Lesson

This September the United Nations will announce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.

Two of the key issues at the heart of the SDGs is to eradicate extreme poverty and to get to reduce the threat of climate change.

After the goals are announced, The World’s Largest Lesson will take place, with teachers in schools all around the world educating their students about the SDGs. This will help students understand the significance of these new global goals to their futures, and the crucial role they could play in realising them.

The World’s Largest Lesson will be delivered with support from Unicef, TES and Education International. It forms a key part of Project Everyone, a drive led by writer and film director Richard Curtis which aims to ensure everyone knows about the SDGs.

developmenteducation.ie is working to create a bank of teaching and learning resources (with debates and development data) that cover all the SDG themes and that can help teachers research and deliver The World’s Largest Lesson.

A competition has been launched inviting teachers from across the world to submit creative and exciting lesson plans about the SDGs. Lesson plans can be from any subject area such as science, English, business studies, mathematics, art, languages, CSPE, geography etc.

Once uploaded these can be viewed, shared and will be rated by teachers and the winning ideas will be developed and published as a set of resources for teaching The World’s Largest Lesson.

Competition closing date: 17th April 2015

Ratings completion date: 1 May 2015

For further details, and to submit your lesson ideas, visit:

For some background and debates see this interactive produced by The Guardian with all you need to know about the Sustainable Development Goals: changing the world in 17 steps.

Check developmenteducation.ie for SDG related blogs and resources for lesson plan ideas too.


What to do?

Create an idea or plan for a 30 – 60 minute lesson or classroom activity about either:

i) the principle of the goals and their overall purpose
ii) a theme from the goals that means most to the children you teach

To be taught to children in one of:

i) Upper Elementary/Primary phase (aged 8-11 years)
ii) Lower Secondary phase (aged 11-14 years)

You can create your lesson plan in any one of the 6 UN languages:

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish

You can create and upload your lesson using a range of different file types:

You don’t need the latest technology, you could write your idea on a piece of paper, photograph it and upload it.

View a list of file types here.

There will be 1 regional winner from each of the following regions:

Western Europe
Eastern Europe
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Middle East & North Africa
Latin America and The Caribbean
Northern America
Central and East Asia