The 2030 agenda for sustainable development
Global citizenship education in Kenya plays a key role in leaving no one behind. Through this, young people develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to build a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world. On September 25, 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda is a plan of action for the people, the planet and prosperity. Each country pledged to work tirelessly to Leave No One Behind.
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth is a student program initiative that embraces Global Citizenship Education through its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program aims to engage students in higher education in the global effort to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. It also empowers them with the knowledge, skills, and pathways to action to be effective agents of change today.
What is global citizenship education?
Global citizenship education is a series of activities undertaken to raise awareness on the challenges that affect our world and inspires action to solve them. The challenges range from civil-political, social, and economic issues to technological and environmental issues. With three key theories of change, we provide opportunities for young people to learn about what the SDGs are, engage with and develop a passion for the SDGs, and act on implementing the SDGs in the community.
Moreover, SDSN Youth, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the SDG Academy, conceptualized the SDG Students Program Certificate. This is a non-credit certificate to encourage university students to learn about, engage with, and take action on the SDGs. Hub Members who complete the eight criterion receive an SDG Students Program Certificate signed by Ban Ki-moon (Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens), Chandrika Bahadur (President, SDSN Association) and Siamak Loni (Global Coordinator, SDSN Youth).
Through SDSN Youth’s efforts to prepare and empower active global citizens determined to tackle the world's numerous challenges, we believe that effective global citizens require skills and knowledge as a prerequisite to engage, live, work and collaborate in all types of settings.