Vienna International School celebrated the Global Action Day on Thursday, 28 April, in an attempt to highlight the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals, to which our school is committed since its accreditation as an Eco School and Global School in 2017. This year the school participated in the Global Biodiversity Campaign (GAIA 2030), as well as in the World’s Largest Lesson, allowing the students to inquire into each of the SDGs to build their knowledge of the goal, the related issues associated with it, and ways they could take action in their own lives to help achieve that goal.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted in 2015, includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be achieved by 2030. Countries around the world have committed to taking action to meet these goals, such as ending poverty, hunger, sustainable communities, and making health care available to all. Vienna International School joined this important mission in 2017 by committing to provide an education for sustainable development to its students in their journey to become responsible global citizens that adapt their lifestyles and way of thinking towards a sustainable planet. Learning about the UN goals helps students develop insights into issues around the world and understand the unique challenges facing communities all over the world, and later figure out how they can contribute towards making the world a better place.
Throughout the Global Action Day, the students took part in The World’s Largest Lesson and took time to inquire into each of the SDGs to build their knowledge of the goal, the related issues associated with it, and ways they could take action in their own lives to help achieve that goal. At VIS, students in any grade level can learn about the SDGs in age-appropriate ways through classroom activities and later apply the learning in ways they feel personally meaningful.