SDG lessons to be integrated in secondary school curriculum

Three years since the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched seven out of ten Kenyans does not understand what they are.

This is likely to negatively impact the implementation of the 17 deliverable that seek to among others create employment and reduce poverty levels.

A study by TIFA indicates that the SDGs exposure is below average in the institutions of higher learning at 45 percent among college going students.

The global SDG agenda is an initiative of the United Nations that aims to address the greatest challenges facing humanities in 12 years time.

The 17 goals launched in 2015 commits all the 195 members of the United Nations to come up with strategies on how to achieve the goals.

However, there is an SDG knowledge gap here in Kenya with less than 10 percent of the population having familiarity of the goals.

Research done by TIFA says exposure to the goals in Kenya is below the global average of 90 percent, calling both the private and the public sector to commit more resources on creating public awareness.

The Ministry of Devolution says plans are underway to integrate SDG lessons at the secondary school level under the new curriculum.

However, TIFA feels the SDG exposure should start at an earlier age. At 69 percent, the quality education agenda has the highest public knowledge followed by gender equality.

SDG 14 that advocates for responsible use of water has the lowest level of knowledge at 23 percent here in Kenya.

It is followed by agenda 15 that seeks to address land matters.

In the world India has the highest exposure to SDG at 78 percent followed by United States at 69 percent. The global average is 54 percent.


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