World's Largest Lesson teaches Albania the ABCs of the SDGs

In a week of action, awareness-raising and accountability, Global Goals Week introduced Albanian kids to SDG 5, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

High school students in Ndroq, rural Tirana, Albania learn about the Global Goals with a particular focus on SDG5, gender equality. Photo: Yllka Parllaku/ UN Women Albania
High school students in Ndroq, rural Tirana, Albania learn about the Global Goals with a particular focus on SDG5, gender equality. Photo: UN Women Albania/Yllka Parllaku

Schools across Albania joined United Nations agencies in the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ to get a better understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a set of 17 Global Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda for the world.

Students celebrated the first anniversary of the adoption of the Global Goals in a week of action, awareness-raising and accountability for sustainable development. More than 300 secondary and high school students in seven regions of Albania learned particularly about SDG 5. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by countries over the next 15 years. Importantly, SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Students were introduced to gender equality issues through lessons which encouraged them to think and act against inequalities and to speak up about unfair behaviours against women and girls in their communities. The World’s Largest Lesson also urged boys and girls to become the generation that can bring change.

Students took part in a survey project, From Where I Stand, that illustrated what gender equality looks like from the eyes of Albanian children. Initiatives were organized in partnership with civil society organizations involved with the Orange the World campaign, supported by UN Women, UNFPA and UNDP in Albania.

As part of the action-packed Global Goals Week of activities, the United Nations in Albania also partnered with the Millennium Cinemas and CINEPLEXX Networks to raise awareness and promote the SDGs in the country. Prior to the screening of every movie, a short video featured well-known actors, singers, sportsmen and world personalities who talked about the Global SDGs and called on individuals to play their part to be the first generation to end extreme poverty, address climate change and reduce inequalities.

The SDGs can only be achieved through involvement of Albanians and individuals around the world. Global Goals Week helped increase awareness about the goals and connected and engaged people across the country.