Preet returned to her old school last week, Lordswood Girls School, to teach local girls about the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The visit was part of a wider project Preet is running in her role as Shadow International Development Minister, ensuring better engagement with civil society on the Sustainable Development Goals.
In the lesson, Preet asked the local students to share what they considered to be the biggest problems faced by people in their local communities in Birmingham and around the world. The challenges raised by the girls included gender equality, plastic pollution and education for all.
Preet talked about why she supports the goals and her work encouraging Birmingham council to lead the way by adopting a Global Goal ahead of the city hosting the Commonwealth Games.
The UK Government has declared the education of girls a top priority, with UK aid helping 5.3 million girls go to school. However there is still much to be done with 130 million girls currently out of the classroom.
By taking part in the lesson, the children join millions of others in over 130 countries around the world who have learnt about the Global Goals through the World’s Largest Lesson. The initiative introduces the Goals to children and young people across the world, uniting them in action on the Goals’ universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
After the event, Preet said: “It’s incredibly important that we involve children when discussing the future of the world we all share – and that they will inherit – so I was delighted to have the opportunity to return to Lordswood Girls school and lead the World’s Largest Lesson today. Reaching the ambitious Global Goals will require all of our talents, passion and creativity, and it was wonderful to see how enthusiastic the children are about being a part of that. Britain must continue to play a leading role globally to help create a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for everyone, and bold action to deliver the Goals, including working with schools, businesses and community organisations, is fundamental to that.”
Lordswood Girls School Headteacher Jane Gotschel said: “We are really pleased to take part in the World’s Largest Lesson here at Lordswood Girls school. It’s a brilliant way to get the children thinking creatively about the challenges facing them and children like them all around the world. The children were lucky to have their local MP giving the lesson, bringing her insight as a politician into how tackling some of the world’s most complex problems is possible when we all work together.”