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.
The first is our Politics and Science of Climate Change course, which helps students understand the social, political and economic challenges that limit a coordinated response to the emerging climate crisis.
The course encourages students to see climate change as a political, rather than an exclusively scientific issue.
In doing so, it helps them 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 their orientation to social justice and helps them develop a truly global outlook.
Courses in development include Understanding Sustainability, Critical Thinking, Digital Civics, The Circular Economy and How Social Change Happens.