Since 2000, EduChange has been re-engineering secondary science education to meet the needs of a rapidly changing, highly interconnected world. UNESCO reports over 543 million students enrolled in secondary education worldwide, an increase of nearly 100 million students since we began this work. The OECD reports a dearth of high-quality materials designed to help teachers engineer large-scale change. We are the only team in the world that has innovated four full years of a comprehensive, rigorously tested, scalable, flexible program for ages 13-20 driven by authentic global contexts rather than textbook chapters. We cover all secondary school requirements for biology, physics, chemistry and environmental science through complete disciplinary integration and 21st century skills—all within the same timeframes as siloed courses.
By 2015, many of the issues named in the SDGs already were driving our interdisciplinary learning model, so explicitly embedding the SDGs was an obvious next step. We tapped the expertise of STEM practitioners around the globe and connected their real-world perspectives to the content. By 2018 all 17 SDGs had been transformed into authentic, diverse studies that lend humanity, relevance and urgency to STEM learning. Now we invite students to connect multiple SDGs to global contexts in 35 learning modules. Over time, students internalize how interdependent systems connect humanity and the natural world.
Our multi-year program has been implemented in five countries with nearly 100 teachers and thousands of students. In September 2018, we deployed a month-long #Act4SDGs Twitter campaign to share threads of resources with ~150,000 educators who #TeachSDGs. Our next steps include mobilizing student-led STEM projects that contribute directly to the Goals, and identifying local educational experts, NGOs, and established organizations around the world to reach more classrooms. Without this level of commitment to ongoing, formal secondary education inside schools, transformation will not be possible.