We want to help Pakistan achieve SDG 4.7 by 2030
The world is committed to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. Through Green Box, we want to ensure that young people acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, global citizenship, and appreciation of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
More than any other target, SDG 4.7 touches on the social, humanistic and moral purposes of education. It explicitly links education to holistic sustainable development and captures the transformative aspirations of youth focussed development.
According to UNESCO’s SDG 4 Gap Analysis Report, no province or area in Pakistan currently includes strategies that will help achieve target 4.7. In 2017, the launch of a new National Education Policy and National Curriculum Framework laid the foundations for the achievement of this SDG target. The National Curriculum Framework 2017 includes guidelines on values including global citizenship and is an unprecedented opportunity for provinces to work with related sectors including education, social welfare, women, youth, religion, minority affairs, sport, culture, IT and climate change, and in partnership with civil society organizations, religious, cultural and linguistic groups, volunteer organizations, and representatives from marginalized communities, to conceptualize a locally relevant vision that fulfils Pakistan’s international commitments to human rights and sustainable development.
As a youth-led and focussed research and advocacy platform, Green Box wishes to help develop policies, strategies and tools for integrated youth engagement in collaboration with public, private, non-governmental and academic institutions across Pakistan and provide voice to young people especially vulnerable and marginalised youth groups.
We focus on what’s missing- Sustainable Thinking
It took us a while to decide what to focus on. We conducted a survey with over 2000 young people across Pakistan trying to ascertain what is that they are most concerned about. The concerns include technical and vocational skills for the future, ability to stand out in the competitive markets globally and being able to help foster sustainable development in Pakistan. We corroborated our findings with in-depth discussions with policy makers, programme(s) managers and technical support teams. We also considered the issues of vulnerable youth groups throughout the design of our flagship strategic framework which we like to call ‘Sustainable Thinking 360’.
With its overall aim to develop cross-cutting sustainability competencies in young people, we wish to enable individuals to contribute to sustainable development by promoting societal, economic and political change as well as by transforming their own behaviour. We have identified the following core themes and key competencies which will help sustainable citizens in Pakistan to deal with today’s and future’s complex challenges. That’s how we built a box!
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