Achievement at a glance
All outcomes were delivered and the Ranney high school students highly benefited from the collaboration with the Monmouth University Faculty, in obtaining a greater awareness of the issues involved in the realization of the SDG’s, and getting involved in the implementation of the solutions they proposed. Students learned how current issues relative to SDG’s are debated at the UN, by attending two meetings focusing on youth empowerment and leadership to support the UN action plan, and their involvement in the realization of the SDG’s. Students developed a paper and a .ppt presentation, which will be expanded in a larger project.
Challenges faced in implementation
I invited a speaker from the UN to talk at Monmouth University for the MU students and the Ranney students, but we were not contacted back. I will resend my request for a speaker for September. This is the only deliverable not completed.
The initiative was planned until June 2016, but we decided to continue to work during next year (July 2016-July 2017): the students would like to turn their research and proposed solutions into an action plan, and into an applied project, in the form of a factual engagement at an international level, for the implementation of the solution to the issues addressed by the SDG of their choice.
Also, a collaboration will be extended to international high schools from Rome, Italy. Ranney students would then have the possibility to interact with high schools from other countries to develop more global solutions to problems relative to SDGs. Ranney students will attend more meetings on SDG’s at the UN Headquarters, and will host a UN speaker to talk about examples of short-term and long-term strategies for an SDG's targets implementation plan.
High school students; Ranney school community; Monmouth University community; local community
During this project, the students benefited, as they came to know more about the SDG’s, and the importance of implementing them by 2030, for the preservation of the world ecological environment and the well-being of the people and societies. The students had the chance to reflect on specific issues related to the SDG’s, when presented with discussions by the Monmouth University professors, on global health, climate change, inclusive societies and access to quality education and sustainable cities. Also, our local community benefited, as it was made aware of the projects and of the SDG’s mission of the UN, by some local press coverage, from the Community Magazine and the Monmouth Journal. Finally, both the Monmouth University and Ranney school, greatly benefit from the collaboration with the UN, which reminds and clearly frames the priorities for action and for intervention at all levels, and the special need for partnership, in this difficult historical period, to achieve collaboratively the SDG’s.
Six talks delivered to Ranney high school students by professors from Monmouth university on specific SDGs targets
One talk delivered to Ranney high school students by a UN speaker on SDGs and their implementation
Creation of website for the Ranney-Monmouth University project on the Ranney and Monmouth University porta
Completed students projects and outcomes (papers, descriptions of initiatives, apps, videos, to be selected by the Ranney students)
Materials given to the Ranney School students (flyers, handouts, ppt's from faculty presentations, etc.)