The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries to work in partnership. The goals include ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality, tackling climate change and spurring economic growth.
We want to develop learning and teaching resources on these topics that align to two of Haileybury pillars - social justice and a global outlook.
We'll be working to help students learn about issues including poverty, inequality, climate change, the circular economy and peace and justice.
At the same time, we'll be helping students to develop the critical thinking skills to challenge assumptions, frame problems and question creatively.
WHAT WE'RE READING
Some things we're reading right now about grand challenges.
HAILEYBURY CURIOUS MINDS: MODEL UN
Haileybury's Curious Minds co-curricular programme includes the Model UN - a role-playing exercise, in which young people assume the roles of diplomats.
HOW CAN WE TEACH CRITICAL THINKING?
Critical thinking is an important part of 21st century skills that set students up for lifelong learning and the ability to understand complex problems.
THE CIRCULAR CLASSROOM
The Circular Classroom is a free, multilingual educational resource designed to integrate circular thinking into high school and upper secondary classrooms in Finland.
COURSES WE'RE MAKING
We're creating courses that help students understand some of the grand challenges they will face. Courses in development include Critical Thinking, Digital Civics, The Circular Economy and How Social Change Happens.
THE POLITICS AND SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Our Politics and Science of Climate Change course helps you understand the social, political and economic challenges that limit a coordinated response to the emerging climate crisis.
The course encourages you to see climate change as a political, rather than an exclusively scientific issue. In doing so, it helps you to identify the challenges that too often erode meaningful resolutions both domestically and abroad to climate change, and extend this perspective to many other grand challenges in a way that develops your orientation to social justice and develop a truly global outlook.
How Social Change Happens: International Cooperation on Climate Change
Climate change is a global problem.
It is impacting human lives and threatens the essential ingredients of good health - clean air, safe drinking water, food supply, and safe shelter - and has the potential to undermine decades of progress in global health.
Tackling climate Change is what is called a global collective action problem. It involves the cooperation of every country, those who lead them, around the world.
This set of HaileyburyX microcourses looks at some of the reasons why it is difficult for these stakeholders to agree on their actions to mitigate emissions, and other factors, that contribute to climate change.
Our Sustainability microcourses, developed in collaboration with global sustainability company Sustainable X, help you learn what sustainability means.
We look at how you, the school you study at, the university you may go to or the employer you will work for can be more sustainable, in addition to exploring why those who understand sustainability will be in demand in the workforce in the future.