Lord Baden-Powell believed in the power of the Scout and Guide movement to affect change within local communities and across the globe. He imagined a sustainable future for everyone everywhere in order to leave the world a little better than we found it. Scouts and Guides can – and should – be part of the solution, not just the problem. And the perfect way to begin this is through Global Education.
In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched with the huge ambition of eradicating global poverty by 2030. The 17 SDGs emphasise how we are all connected and need to work together to achieve our aims. They call for “strengthened global solidarity… with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people”.
In summary, they say: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.