Primary school pupils will learn about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a result of a gift from UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.
As a UNESCO Biosphere, the Isle of Man is committed to working towards a more sustainable future.
Globally, sustainability is driven by the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals.
The SDG Book Club has been launched this year, across the United Nations, to encourage children aged six to 12 to learn more about the Global Goals. The books, being selected by a worldwide panel each month, for 17 months, will enable children to explore each topic more widely.
UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is providing a set of books for each Isle of Man primary school, building a Global Goals library. Schools are also encouraged to engage in the other learning activities that the SDG Book Club offers.
Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, visited St John’s Primary School to launch the SDG Book Club on the Isle of Man and present the school with the first three books, covering poverty, health and wellbeing and gender equality.
He said: ‘The Global Goals provide a framework for sustainability for people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. Schools participating in the SDG Book Club can explore these big issues in a child-friendly way.
‘The books, sourced through local independent retailers, will provide a thought-provoking and stimulating addition to school libraries.’