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Global Goals and Catholic Social Teaching

We all know that we face big challenges in today’s world: poverty, hunger, inequality and climate change are just some of the issues we need to address urgently.

Big challenges need bold action to overcome them, and that is where the Global Goals come in. They are a plan agreed to by all world leaders to build a greener, fairer, better world by 2030, and we all have a role in achieving them. 

At Sacred Heart, we have worked hard to weave Global Learning through many aspects of our curriculum. Children from FS2 to Year 6 are aware of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and make links between these and their classwork.

Children are taught that they can make a difference and make change in the world. Some of the ways we do this are through:

  • Teaching debating skills and the language of debate
  • Encouraging our children to challenge points of view
  • Learning about a variety of issues faced by communities, societies and individuals around the world
  • Using Newsround and First News to encourage awareness of current affairs
  • Holding a Global Week during the summer term.

It is our hope that, by promoting the importance of Global Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals, the children of Sacred Heart School will learn to be conscientious, global citizens.

Our focus on the Global Goals supports our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic social teaching (CST) is rooted in Scripture, formed by the wisdom of Church leaders, and influenced by grassroots movements. It is our moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world. 

Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbours in every situation, especially our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Following in the footsteps of Christ, we hope to make present in our unjust and broken world, the justice, love and peace of God.