The world today faces a number of challenges and in the hope of improving the lives of generations to come, it is vital these challenges are tackled urgently. The recently published Springer Nature Sustainable Business Report aims to outline the key approaches to unlocking the potential of open science and research to accelerate solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges.
Introducing important topics like sustainability, and diversity and inclusion to students can be a challenge for teachers, especially when these topics are vital to creating a fairer and more sustainable future. In the first of a series of blogs, created to accompany the publication of Springer Natures’ Sustainable Business Report 2022, we’ll take a look at the Advancing Futures initiative, which aims to do just that.
Advancing Futures, from Macmillan Education, aims to make the topics of global citizenship, sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusion commonplace in classrooms around the world.
To do this, the programme provides teachers with a range of resources, including webinars, blogs, worksheets, and ready-made lesson plans, designed to equip them with the key skills to teach and inspire the next generation.
Teachers can use the programme’s resources to get the tools, and confidence, to share knowledge, develop skills, and promote attitudes and actions on the topics above, with the ultimate goal of fulfilling Macmillan Education’s 180-year-old ambition: to support teachers to inspire the next generation and to use the power of education to have a positive impact on society.
Macmillan Education built the Advancing Futures on four key pillars: Resources for Teachers, Change Makers for students, Content, and Commitment to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Now, let’s take a closer look at each pillar’s importance in helping both teachers and students alike.
Carefully adjusted to create measurable outcomes for different age groups, this unique framework helps teachers translate theory into practice. This, in turn, ensures that the content helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make informed choices and take positive action toward a fairer, more sustainable world.
The Advancing Futures programme is designed to take tangible steps towards advancing the SDGs, through:
Giving educators the practical tools they need to integrate SDG topics into their everyday teaching practice.
Ben Hunt: Previous to joining the Copywriting and Translations team at Springer Nature, Ben marketed for the open access journal Scientific Reports, and before that worked in publishing within the media sector.