Learning about sustainable development from an early age

The materials available on this page are for adults and youth alike – a fun and engaging way to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and what you can do to take action to make them a reality. Please download and share with your friends!

My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19

A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector. With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings. Find it here.

The book is available in multiple languages here.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Family life plays such an important role in helping young children learn to adapt in our rapidly changing world. Early childhood is the perfect stage to introduce the core concepts of what it means to be a global citizen. Thomas & Friends Life Lessons are easy and fun to follow and will help you explore essential skills with your kids that can enrich their critical thinking and communication approach. Our goal is to support your family in understanding global citizenship and to help your children thrive in a more inclusive, ever-changing world. Thomas & Friends Life Lessons focuses on six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals designed to assist countries, and their citizens, improve our world.

Download the Parent Tips here and for teachers, download the Teacher Tips here.

Frieda

Storytelling is a powerful communications tool and helps children remember lessons and virtues that they will use in everyday life. The idea behind the production of the story of Frieda was to simplify the lessons of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so young children can relate to – and better understand – the SDGs. Follow Frieda’s journey through her home in Windhoek, Namibia – read and download the book here to learn about protecting life on land, the importance of water, the environment, and more!

170 Actions to Transform Our World

Get inspired by 170 Actions to Transform Our World! This book contains 10 daily suggestions for each Goal on how you can make a difference in the world around you. A great tool for parents, teacher and children of all ages.

Go Goals

The Go Goals game is a board game that aims to help teach children around the world about the Sustainable Development Goals in a simple and child-friendly way. You’ll find questions and answers, game rules, dices and rules on how to play by clicking the link!

YAK book on Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals – by YAK

Elyx, the United Nations’ digital ambassador, uses various expressions and actions to help demonstrate the meaning of each Sustainable Development Goal. Created by French artist YAK, Elyx has no race, sex or nationality and is a universal character promoting the importance of the United Nations’ work. Read the book online here.

World's largest lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. All resources are free, open source and translated into over 10 languages. Check out their lesson plans, as well as their their animated films, written by Sir Ken Robinson, animated by Aardman and introduced by well-known figures like Emma Watson, Serena Williams and Malala Yousafzai. Click here to visit their page.

World's largest lesson

SDG Pandas

Inspired by  real life animal ambassadors QiQi and Diandian, UNDP’s SDG Pandas are stickers that you can use in your WhatsApp conversations to help spread the word about the SDGs and inspire action for a better world and a healthier planet. Download them to spread the word! You can also find the stickers as animated gifs here.