Delhi Schools to visualize the SDGs

The United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan has decided to jump-start the Sustainable Development Goals by launching a creative campaign and involving 17 schools in the Delhi-NCR region. Young minds from these schools are faced with the work of translating their creative vision of one goal into a painting. These painted canvases will then be displayed at the India Habitat Centre for the month of March 2016 to communicate the SDG messages to the wider public.

In the words of UNIC Director Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman: ” Through this project, we aspire to  promote education of and participation by ordinary citizens, so they too can own this agenda and take it forward, ensuring that no one is left behind. We have tried to stay true to our principles by involving young people from all walks of life. We want to use public art as a medium to enthuse the community and sensitize people at the grass root level.”

UNIC is engaging with students from the following schools:

  1. Modern School Barakhamba Road
  2. Tagore International School East of Kailash
  3. The British School
  4. St. Columba’s School
  5. Convent of Jesus and Mary School
  6. Springdales School Pusa Road
  7. Vasant Valley School
  8. American Embassy School
  9. Step by Step School Noida
  10. Delhi Public School Gurgaon
  11. Bal Bharati Public School
  12. Amity International School Saket
  13. Ramjas School
  14. Andhra Education Society
  15. N.P. Co-Ed School Lodhi Road
  16. Kendriya Vidyalaya Gole Market
  17. Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragati Vihar

On the sidelines of this project, UNIC held a briefing session on 14 December for the three government schools involved in this creative project. Through an interactive discussion, UNIC NIO Rajiv Chandran spoke to the students and teachers in-charge about the role of the United Nations and the newly adopted SDGs.  Each person was asked to describe their interpretation of the goals. The session concluded with a walk around the United Nations office and a brief introduction of the various UN agencies.

The SDGs embody the hope for a better future which can only be achieved through collective action. In the words of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, “The work has already begun. Scale it up. Speed it up. Bring others on board”