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Richard Curtis.Richard Curtis.Schools across the world are being invited to join together in September to deliver The World’s Largest Lesson, educating students about the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Organisers, Project Everyone, are asking teachers to submit lesson plan ideas to the TES website. The winning lesson ideas will be those that are most highly rated by other teachers. Winners will have their lesson plans published as a global set of learning resources on The World’s Largest Lesson website, to enable teachers to craft a relevant lesson on the SDGs for the children that they teach. A winning teacher will be invited, along with their school, to take part in a filmed lesson event with a visiting celebrity. 

The World’s Largest Lesson will be delivered in partnership with UNICEF and with the support of TES Global and Education International. The initiative aims to communicate the SDGs, after they have been announced by the Secretary General of the UN in September, to seven billion people in seven days. 

Project Everyone is led by filmmaker, writer and campaigner Richard Curtis, who describes the World’s Largest Lesson as “the biggest collaborative education project the world has ever seen.” Praising the unique creativity of the teaching community, the man behind the film Four Weddings and a Funeral and TV’s Blackadder said: “this will be an opportunity for teachers to become recognised for their outstanding talent and indispensable expertise on a worldwide scale.”

All lessons will be supported by a short animated film (with an audio equivalent) by Sir Ken Robinson which will explain why the goals exist. It will convey the idea that everyone on the planet is part of a wider team and that the new SDGs are essentially a “to-do” list for the planet, created and to be achieved through teamwork across all countries. 

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