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Schools showcase support for Global Goals

Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PUPILS from Leicester schools will be recognised for their work to support worldwide sustainable development goals at a celebration event this week.

The event – which takes place at City Hall on Wednesday (17 May) – will give schools the chance to showcase projects which have inspired by the United Nations’ Global Goals for sustainable development.

Agreed by world leaders in 2015, the 17 Global Goals include peace and justice; reduced inequalities; clean water and sanitation; renewable energy; responsible consumption; and an end to poverty.

Over 30 city primary and secondary schools have been supporting the Global Goals through classroom activities and after-school clubs.

Examples include Sandfield Close Primary School where pupils have been learning about renewable energy at home by creating an eco-friendly dolls house; and Mayflower Primary School’s gardening club which supported the Thirst Relief Penny Appeal and raised funds to build three wells in drought-stricken countries.

All the schools taking part will receive a certificate acknowledging their support for the worldwide Global Goals.

Lee Jowett, environmental education coordinator at Leicester City Council, said: “This event is a chance to celebrate the work our schools are doing to support the Global Goals.

“The projects we’ll be showcasing demonstrate how actions in our own lives, homes and schools can support a more sustainable future for everyone. We all have a role to play in achieving the Global Goals. The schools have really risen to that challenge.”

The schools’ Global Goals projects will also be on public display in the Wot Space gallery on Shires Lane, at Highcross Shopping Centre. The pop-up exhibition runs from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June, from 11am to 4pm (1pm on Friday).

The Global Goals were agreed and adopted by the United Nations’ 193 member states at the Sustainable Development Summit that took place in September 2015, in New York. They aim to improve the lives of all people around the world. For more information visit www.globalgoals.org

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Note to editors: photo opportunities will be available during the Schools’ Global Goals showcase. The event takes place event at City Hall, 115 Charles Street (LE1 1FZ) on Wednesday 17 May from 5.30pm.