Explore what it means to be a “goalkeeper” for the Sustainable Development Goals, and how everyone has an important role to play!
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness.
Introduce students to the concept of being a “goalkeeper” for the Sustainable Development Goals. Goalkeepers are people who are taking action to help achieve the Global Goals, and want to make their communities (and the world) a better place for everyone to live in. Play the video below to explore how children around the world are acting as goalkeepers in their community.
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Engage students in a discussion about the five skills of an effective goalkeeper by dividing them into five groups, and assigning each group to one of the following skills: Curiosity, Empathy, Creativity, Problem Solving, and Effective Communication. Ask each group to consider the following questions:
For example, empathy means that we share and respect others’ feelings and experiences and take action to help them. Empathy helps us achieve the Global Goals because it is important to understand how different people are affected by challenges, and come up with solutions that are actually helpful for them. We can practice this skill by putting ourselves in another person’s shoes, and seeing the world from their perspective, like during a disagreement.
Ask each group to share their thoughts with the rest of the class and, together with their classmates, create a definition for each skill.
Then, facilitate a live virtual exchange, or use Flipgrid, to help students share their definitions with your Empatico partner class, and tell a story about a time during which they practiced or developed one of these skills. Encourage students to come up with a joint commitment with your Empatico partner class to use these five skills and become goalkeepers together!
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was created in partnership with the World’s Largest Lesson.