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2021 was the most successful Global Goals Teach In to date

Rachel Soper
March 22, 2021

The annual campaign calls on educators from all disciplines and stages of education to pledge to include the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their teaching and learning throughout the two-week campaign period.

The 2021 campaign saw a total of 496 educators pledging to incorporate the Global Goals into their teaching, learning and assessment. The lessons, workshops and tutorials in the Teach In reached 47,292 students from 48 educational institutions in 10 countries. Last year’s campaign reached 25,026 students at 24 institutions, so the campaign has nearly doubled its reach this year! You can view the full campaign report here for results, impact and case studies from this year’s Teach In.

Congratulations to our winning institutions and students’ unions, who really embraced the campaign and generated some excellent sustainability-focused learning outcomes:

  • Overall winner: University of Exeter
  • Overall runners-up (student reach): Glasgow Caledonian University and Oxford Brookes
  • Overall runners-up (number of educators pledged): Ulster University and Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Further Education winner: Exeter College
  • Students’ Union winner: KeeleSU

The Teach In is part of SOS-UK’s wider work to get more students leading on and learning for sustainability. Through the Teach In and our suite of education programmes and campaigns like Responsible Futures and Teach the Future, we hope to:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of sustainable development.
  • Catalyse curriculum reform and test new ideas.
  • Embed sustainability and social responsibility across all learning.
  • Link teaching, learning, and assessment to local and global concerns.
  • Prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to tackle the world's greatest challenges.

We are absolutely delighted at the response to the Teach In this year, and we hope educators and institutions will use it as a springboard for further engagement in this area. If you would like to discuss SOS-UK’s education work or find out more about our programmes and consultancy, please contact hello@sos-uk.org.