The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.
The marathon of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) is based on a participatory and collective learning approach for youth from the age of 8 to 13 years. The workshop is meant to co-create and hold a learning space where pupils can experiment, lead, dialogue, challenge, and reflect.
The training programme centers around two day-long workshops where participants engage with the implementation of SDGs.
Throughout these last couple of months, we have been extremely diligent and hardworking on making our vision materialize into reality; we are proud to say that we made four SDGthons happen, so far. Not only are we proud of the number of schools we visited in such a short time frame, but we are also overjoyed with the amount of success we have encountered with every SDGthon. Truth be told, and in spite of our excitement towards this project, we have been skeptical of the reactions we might receive from the groups of children we were to work with. However, we have been welcomed with the utmost elation and desire to learn and interact.
Our SDGthons have been successful; the children fully responded to our narrative, interacted with our team members and enjoyed our project’s syllabus. In addition the students, the headmasters of the schools we visited provided us with their genuine support for our vision by equipping us with needed material, time and space for our SDGthons.
We can safely say we have left an impact on every student at every school we have been to; our workshop did not only consist of lecturing children about sustainable development goals, we connected with them, we listened to them, we bonded with them, we left pieces of ourselves with them and they did the same. Change happens by genuine interactions, and not by lectures and presentations and that is exactly what we continuously keep doing.
When people talk about leadership, they mostly want to learn how to be a successful leader; how to have the ability to inspire and influence others worldwide. Yet to become an astonishing leader we have to seek change in our community and leave impact within our society. In this vein, SDGthon volunteers’ targeted children aged between 6 and 13 year old who do not have equal access to opportunities unlikely those living in big cities. Within this project we are looking forward to bringing a better understanding of the SDGs and enhance their willingness to become future leaders and change-makers.
Targeting future active citizens, we created a set of innovative and practical activities that advocate the SDGs and imply sustainable impact. These activities are split into chapters, each works on a facet of the overall project goals. For instance, Act of kindness activity is promoting peace and spreading positivity among children, while “pillow talks” activity create an intimate atmosphere for sharing stories about their daily life along with drawing their attention about gender equality and reduced equality goals. Whereas outdoor activities such as “DIY”, “Make impact” and “it is your turn” activities are instilling certain behaviors that evoke them to assume responsibilities at an early age towards themselves and their community while holding the hope of being future leaders which is in turn translated into “Promise Letter” activity.
Accordingly, these activities had a great impact on children of different regions that do not have an access to extracurricular activities. Within this project we succeeded in engaging children and diffusing the project’s objectives. Indeed the attached pictures give a better idea of the greater impact we reached from the execution of SDGthon project.
This is was our first destination; we found kids who have no difficulty to express their opinions and to participate in the session. They demonstrated their optimistic vision in a fascinating way and had no problem to just be who they are. We witnessed wisdom mixed with the childhood innocence and we are sure that this is the rise of new era.
This picture was captured inside “Sidi Hassine 1 primary school”, the workshop conducted there was unique. We got a group of 41 very motivated kids aged between 10-13 years old. They were so energetic and interested to engage with us. They were so creative and went through the workshops with ease. They showed dedication and love for what they are doing. I can still remember one of the kids saying “I want to cultivate the love in the whole universe”!
This school is located in the countryside of “El-Mghira”. That day was a huge opportunity to make an impact on 36 kids lacking access to many tools of civic education and self-development. Some children expressed their insecurities and their feeling of injustice in terms of equality, access to opportunities and their discomfort about being bullied by others. Our activities were extremely beneficial as they created a huge interest and stimulated debates and questions. Our session made them more motivated, more confident and this got us so inspired to cover more and more schools and reach out for kids in underdeveloped areas.
Guided by the Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action, and Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals ( on Education), we do believe that Global citizenship education is at the forefront of our continuous efforts to transform basic educational system to provide students with a holistic and well-rounded education that gives them the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to succeed in a global 21st century.
Our project is an investment for kid’s education and the future. We aim to create a generation of children who will become successful and equipped with leadership skills.
Those who are interested to host an SDGthon can fill in the application form with all the details needed to have our support to host their own SDGthon event in their regions. Our goal is to reach out to 100 schools by the end of 2018.