“What are your New Year’s resolutions for this year? What if, in addition to hitting the gym on a regular basis and ditching those midnight snack sessions, you had the power to affect the lives of countless individuals living in extreme poverty? As 2015 comes to an end, we’re taking a look back on some of our greatest achievements and challenges in the fight against extreme poverty. In September alone, we witnessed something extraordinary – 139 world leaders committing to 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change.
Now is the time to begin thinking about what we, as global citizens, need to accomplish in 2016 to carry out these goals.“
GlobalCitizen.org recently sent out this email challenging us and the world to take on one or more of the Global Goals as our New Year’s resolution for 2016. We’re excited to take on the challenge!
We commit to working as hard as we can to make these three more of a reality in 2016: Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Partnerships.
- Global Goal 4: Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Through our primary assignment as TEFL Teacher Trainers and a number of our secondary projects (STEP, English conversation groups, work with ACCESS, etc.) we work directly towards this goal. Not only is it our job, we love getting to work with the Nicaraguan teachers. The co-planning, co-teaching model provides sustainability and longevity, improving the system though improving its teachers.
- Global Goal 5: Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Emily is loving her work with the GAD Committee! Camp GLOW (for girls), Camp CHACA (for boys), and other gender related projects (maybe a gender book club) are to come in 2016. She’s committed to seeing them through and improving gender one kid at a time. Andrew may not be on the committee, but he is constantly challenging gender roles by helping around the house, challenging cat-calls women get on the street, and talking with men about what it means to share power among genders.
- Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
While this goal encompasses a lot, at its heart is the idea of sustainable community development. Capacity building, cultural exchange, and being an ambassador from both the US and Nicaragua to the other country is what Peace Corps is all about. We see Peace Corps as an organization that is working toward these and many more of the 17 Goals. We feel honored to be a part of that “partnership.”
What are you passionate about? Ending world hunger? Good health and well-being? Climate action? We challenge you to join us and take on one or more of the Global Goals for your New Year’s resolution. By doing so, you are joining a movement to create real change for the world’s most vulnerable and disempowered. Let us know in the comments below which of the Goals you choose.
Here’s to 2016! We will continue to use this blog as a space for stories, lessons, cultural exchange, and hope it helps you feel a bit more like a global citizen yourself.
Happy New Year!
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