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The World Urban Pavilion in Regent Park (Pavilion), a collaborative initiative between the Urban Economy Forum and UN-Habitat with support from the Government of Canada, is establishing the Kids Awareness on Urban SDGs program.

To support the development of this program, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) is partnering with archiKID. This partnership aims to build a global community to explore opportunities and share knowledge and innovations for educating children and youth and raise awareness among them on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the emphasis on the urban SDG. In this context, we are delighted to invite our audience to collaborate and join us in this preparatory meeting on Thursday, February 10th, 2022, 10am – 12pm (Toronto Time).

This session which is being virtually held over Zoom, will bring together a network of organizations led by and working on children and youth and will leverage our collective capacities and share our insights to support the development of this program.

For free registration via Eventbrite, click here!

About The Kids Awareness of Urban SDGs Program The Kids Awareness of Urban SDGs program will work with its partners and create a new model to involve, educate, and engage youth that emphasizes the importance of global cohesion and collaboration. At its heart, this program is about building more awareness to start key conversations with the kids to educate them about the contemporary situation and SDGs, and what they can do to contribute to this global agenda. It is extremely important to raise the awareness of children on these important topics but by being careful to avoid delivering the wrong message and providing room for the child to be shaped as an individual. This program will communicate to the kids about the different components of life through the lens of cities and urbanization. It will work with its partners to expand the knowledge and perspective that is shared with kids to provide a robust learning experience. A fundamental educational concept of this program is moving away from this notion of competition. The program will emphasize the value of collaboration and considering the long-term future outlook of our societies. Some of the key questions to be explored include: - Examining cities, social life, how we live in the cities. - Why it’s important to pay attention to people and society as a whole. - how to increase the level of inclusion and the concept of equality and equity. - Cultural, social, and economic dimensions of urbanization. - Demographics and role of cities for the globe and sustainability. - how to make cities better and more inclusive places to live. The program will introduce key components of urban life and how one can contribute to leading a fundamental lifestyle transformation. Kids are the leaders of tomorrow and our future, providing leadership and life skills will contribute to creating the next generation of sustainability leaders that are forward thinking, inclusive, progressive, collaborative, and consider the ecological limits of our world. The program will create global cohesion by providing opportunities for kid-to-kid interaction with different parts of the world and contribute to worldly awareness and its limits by increasing the awareness of kids and families. The program will also provide opportunities to create pilot projects and programs in Canada which will be showcased and demonstrated to the world through the World Urban Pavilion. This is a platform to foster international cooperation and contribute to encourage other countries, cities, and families to learn about and participate in a fundamental urban transformation. Our approach is that our educational practices must be changed. There are a lot of important and key components that need to be conveyed to kids as they will need to be informed with a realistic picture about life. As we talk about a fundamental lifestyle transformation, kids should be recognized, as leaders and implementors of change, to achieve this transformation.


Article republished from Urban Economic Forum (cc)


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