What is Transform Our World?
Transform Our World is a new centralised, online hub full of free, practical resources for teachers. It helps teachers to empower young people to lead action to tackle the root causes of the climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. The hub helps educators channel the emerging excitement around climate action into schools-based activities.
Picked and rated by teachers, the resources provide opportunities for students to lead impactful projects that benefit their friends, family and local area, as well as the wider world. The resources are sourced from a range of partner organisations that are expert in inspiring young people to protect the natural world through schools programmes.
Global Action Plan has created Transform Our World as part of its pledge to the #iwill campaign. It will be a chance for teachers who are on a collective mission to connect with one another, and to encourage their whole school to get involved in youth green social action, embedding it in school life and culture.
What are the values behind Transform our World?
The values behind Transform our World are Self-Direction, Benevolence, and Universalism.
These values promote action towards better wellbeing for both people and planet.
These values are encompassed in this simple three circle logic system:
Who funds Transform Our World?
The #iwill Fund has provided crucial match funding to develop and launch the Transform Our World hub. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
Funding for individual Global Action Plan schools programmes and resources hosted on Transform Our World has been awarded by a core group of trusts and foundations, public funds, and progressive businesses that we work with closely.
Who is the review committee?
The review committee is a core group of teachers who, both before and after the hub’s launch, worked with Global Action Plan, to agree, iteratively test and refine how teachers’ needs are met through the site. Their contribution covered, among other things, the creation of transparent processes, identification of the highest quality opportunities, and providing stories of best practice. These teachers represent schools and student needs across the country.
What does the review committee do?
The review committee receive suggested resources periodically and then assess them for suitability. They review and rate the resources and programmes, selecting only the highest quality items to be featured on Transform Our World for their peers.
How are the partner resources chosen?
Potential partner resources can be put forward in a variety of ways. Those featured on the site are chosen by the review committee.
Resources can be suggested by the organisation who created the resource, by teachers who have used it, or by a member of the Transform Our World research team. Teachers in the review committee then review and rate the resources to be featured on the website.
What criteria are the resources reviewed against?
Resources and programmes on Transform Our World are rated against the following teacher-set criteria:
Further, teachers assess how easy, practical and effective a resource is by considering the following categories of information:
Measurable Impact means whether the resource or programme provides the opportunity to measure environmental or social impact from the activities it provides e.g. carbon savings; number of water-saving devices installed.
Practical action means whether the resource or programme provides the students with effective ways to achieve its aim through real life activities e.g. taking part in a tree-planting event.
Youth led means whether or not the resource or programme allows students to take the lead on the activities with little/no adult support.
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. The development of the goals was a multi-year process, building on the Millennium Development Goals, and involving civil society, governments, the private sector and academia. On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 17 goals as part of a wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Through Transform Our World's international platform, we hope to inspire a generation of young people to take action to work towards the SDGs, and to equip them with the skills to do so.
If you would like further information about introducing the SDGs into your lessons and the benefits to your students, school and the wider world, please take a look at 'The Sustainable Development Goals: A Teacher's Guide', provided by Oxfam. You can also read our guide 'Getting started with the SDGs' for an introduction to relevant hand-picked resources that are currently hosted on Transform Our World.
Goal 1: No Poverty
Eradicate poverty and create a world where anyone can
afford to meet their basic human needs.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Provide an inclusive and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Provide the access to clean and affordable electricity for all people.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Create sustained economic growth by encouraging entrepreneurship
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure by promoting sustainable industrialization and
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Reduce income inequality within and among countries.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Establish sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Goal 13: Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Goal 15: Life On Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem, reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Ensure that the instituitions who govern peace and justice are reliable and work to unite us.
Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
What are campaigns?
Campaigns are themed areas of activity, interest and information. Each campaign includes a collection of impactful, low prep resources that are updated monthly, to help your students lead that crucial action. Find resources and information on our current theme here.
I'm a teacher, how do I get started?
With 17 different goals making up the SDGs, you might be asking yourself 'Where do I begin?'. Our guide, 'Getting started with the SDGs' provides an ideal starting point for anyone who is unfamiliar with the SDGs and wants to begin exploring the diverse range of curriculum-linked, low prep, teacher-reviewed resources hosted on the Transform Our World hub.
You will be introduced to seven varied resources, starting with a general introduction to the SDGs and then demonstrating the links between the SDGs and topics that you will already be familiar with: biodiversity, energy, food, water, waste and air pollution.
All the resources listed have been hand-picked to provide you with a fun and interactive starting point to introduce your students to the SDGs. The resources are ordered from requiring the least time commitment to needing more time to
complete, but feel free to use any one resource or a combination of resources in any order that suits you.
Can Transform Our World be used by non-teachers?
Absolutely! Transform Our World and its resources are adaptable for use by youth group leaders and educators in a range of contexts.
What are the different types of Partners needed for Transform Our World?
Opportunity Providers include: environmental charities, youth-facing organisations, content publishers and providers of training or CPD that equip teachers to better lead environmental action
Supporters include: teacher unions, vocational accreditation bodies, trade press, local authorities, and multi-academy trusts.
Core Funders include: Trusts and foundations, lottery funds, high net worth individuals and private organisations that meet Global Action Plan’s environmental criteria.
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