How should youth learn about the SDGs? Indeed, are the SDGs an appropriate topic of education, at all?
We think so, and in this session we will discuss a particular approach, challenge-based learning, which emphasizes interdisciplinary and team-based student projects, and focuses on solving real-world problems, often using ICTs, inspired by the experience of international organizations and NGOs. We will illustrate this approach with examples from China, Europe and the US.
In particular, we will introduce a novel e-coaching methodology, called the Open Seventeen Challenge, for online learning related to the 17 SDGs, which is being launched during WSIS Forum in collaboration with the Be He@lthy Be Mobile Initiative of ITU and WHO.
By joining this session, you will gain knowledge and insights on new, ICT based ways of engaging youth with the SDGs, with a focus on practical outcomes through social and technical innovation. And you will be invited to share your own experiences and other examples you consider pertinent, in a wide-ranging discussion session.
9:00 Start of Workshop, Introductions
9:15 Setting the Scene: GTI and Open Seventeen (Francois)
9:20 The SDG Solution Space (Thomas)
9:25 Example of Solution Space partner GHL (Elisabeth)
Example of Solution Space Project (Anne-Pia)
9:30 Connection to Open Innovation in Geneva (Pierre)
9:35 Challenge based learning for SDGs in Paris, examples from CRI (Gaëll - REMOTE)
9:40 Challenge based learning for SDGs in Shenzhen, examples from OpenFIESTA (Luping -REMOTE)
9:45 Other forms of SDG Education (Yaniss)
9:50 UN perspective on SDG Education (Kali)
9:55 ITU perspective on SDG Education and Open Seventeen (Hani)
WHO perspective on SDG Education and Open Seventeen (Surabhi)
10:00 Discussion Session
10:30 End of Workshop
Last year, University of Geneva and Tsinghua University in Beijing launched an ambitious set of innovative education programmes that address in a practical, hands-on way the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the banner of the 'Geneva Tsinghua Initiative' the different programmes last from two-day hackathons to six-week online e-coaching courses (Open Seventeen Challenges) to two-month summer schools to a two-year Master programme.
The students spend part of their time at our newly established SDG Solution Space in Geneva, working directly with the International Organizations there, and part of their time on Tsinghua campuses in Beijing and Shenzhen, in two of China’s most dynamic and entrepreneurial environments. Students also have opportunities to exchange with other Universities and like-minded institutions such as Maker Spaces, through a network called the United Labs for the Global Goals, which includes the Governance Lab in New York and the Center for Research in Interdisciplinarity in Paris.
We will briefly outline a number of student driven projects that have emerged from this initiative. These include: a haptic belt that enables blind people to move around outdoors, by combining open geo-data with low-cost sensors and actuators; a suitcase-sized 'pretotyping kit' suitable for enabling young people in refugee camps to make simple mock-ups of devices or apps to share with online teachers or collaborators; a cosmic-ray detector suitable for schools to help track data relevant to global cloud coverage and cloud formation; a low-cost scanner with artificial intelligence, to help digitisation of archives in developing regions.
Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015, towards 2025
The SDG Solution Space and the United Labs for the Global Goals are elements in a vision of how labs around the world - in Universities, Maker Spaces, companies or schools - could unite to share resources and host student teams working on SDG projects. We hope these activities can provide useful inspiration to the WSIS 2025 vision.