Global Schools Program: applications for the fourth cohort of the Global Schools Advocates Program (deadline 20 May 2022)

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The Global Schools Program is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Global Schools develops the tools, resources and programs to support education systems around the world in shaping a more resilient and sustainable world. The vision of the program is to create a world where every primary and secondary school student is being equipped with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for effectively responding to the greatest challenges of this century and shaping a sustainable and prosperous world for all.

April 18th, 2022: The Global Schools Program is launching applications for the fourth cohort of the Global Schools Advocates Program. This program promotes transformative change in classrooms in support of SDG 4.7 by integrating sustainable development into teacher training to improve student learning. Selected teachers will undergo a month-long training program on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The training program will be delivered online, with the ability for teachers to interact with a global cohort of educators.


During the comprehensive training program, educators will be introduced to the Sustainable Development Goals and learn about action-based pedagogy and ideas to integrate ESD, Global Citizenship Education, and 21-st century skills into the classrooms. After the successful completion of the training, educators will receive the Global Schools Advocate title as well as the Global Schools Advocate Toolkit and begin their journey to integrate ESD into schools. Advocates will be tasked with inspiring their fellow teachers and school leaders to take up action for the SDGs, as well as incorporate sustainable development within their lesson plans. Advocates will act as a driving force within their school community to ensure sustainable development is introduced and adopted into school curriculum and operations. 

Click here for more background on the Advocates Program!

Benefits of Participation 


Teachers accepted to the program will receive: 


  • Free online training, developed by the Global Schools team to increase sustainable development literacy and provide teachers with new, active strategies to implement in the classroom;

  • Monthly online workshops and conversations on sustainable development to connect educators with other education leaders and SDG Advocates;

  • Access to an educator network of like-minded teachers working to implement activities and lessons on global issues within their classrooms; 

  • Visibility opportunities and participation in conferences as educators can be selected to share their advocacy work at the International Conference on Sustainable Development, the Vatican Youth Symposium, the ECOSOC Youth Forum, and in the Global Schools Case-Study Guide;

  • Structured mentorship program with an experienced educator who has already completed the Global Schools Advocates program;

  • A comprehensive Advocates Toolkit with 17+ supporting documents meant to guide their work in school communities;

  • A formal Certificate of Completion. 

What we Look For

  • Applicants are teachers at primary or secondary school worldwide (teachers employed through volunteering programs such as UN Volunteers, Fulbright, Teach for All, etc. are also eligible). 

  • Applicants possess a high level of English to complete the Advocates Training and engage with the global network.

  • Willingness to commit a minimum of 5 hours per week for this role. Global Schools does not require you to implement a defined curriculum. Your 5-10 hours a week should be spent learning, brainstorming with other teachers, experimenting with integrating sustainable development in your lesson plans, and creating a movement for sustainable development in your school. 

  • Passion for the mission of the sustainable development goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. However, no prior experience with the sustainable development goals is required!

  • Willingness to learn and engage with a global community of teachers.

  • Ability to inspire others and willingness to motivate other teachers and faculty in your school to join you on your ESD journey!



Please read the following documents with more information before applying. 


Click here to apply!

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