The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established in 2015 as part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The international community collectively pledged to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable and inclusive development, safeguard human rights, and ensure that no one is left behind by 2030.
However, with less than 8 years remaining to achieve these goals in Europe, progress has been hindered by various challenges. Despite the efforts made by European countries, unexpected events have posed setbacks for sustainable development on both a regional and global scale.
One significant challenge has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had an unprecedented impact on societies, communities, and individuals worldwide. The pandemic has redefined everyday life, causing a lack of trust in government policies and communication media. In 2020, the world average SDG Index score declined for the first time since the adoption of the SDGs, and the EU27 average SDG Index score also experienced a slight drop. The Human Development Index (HDI) suffered a steep and unprecedented decline in 2020, marking the first decline in the index’s 30-year history.
Additionally, Russia’s war in Ukraine has had a significant but unmeasured impact on the SDGs. Indicators such as the Global Peace Index have revealed a decline in global peacefulness, which is likely to affect several SDGs negatively.
These events, coupled with specific local situations in each country, pose significant challenges in achieving the SDGs, particularly affecting youth and various communities. The consequences include reduced economic prosperity, higher unemployment rates, limited access to healthcare, increased poverty, heightened risks of marginalization, slower economic growth, higher inflation rates, increased inequality, rising hunger, and higher prices for basic necessities such as food, electricity, and fuel. Moreover, there is a rise in precarious employment and a decrease in life expectancy, peace, and security.
Although the European Union strives for unity, clear disparities exist among its member states. While some regions enjoy levels of prosperity and sustainability, others continuously struggle to achieve these conditions. In the 2021 Europe Sustainable Development Report ranking, the Czech Republic and Spain ranked poorly (11th and 22nd out of 34 countries) within Europe.
Given these challenges, as outlined in the attached Context Analysis, The Globe and Permacultura Cantabria recognize the urgent need to address the situation and work towards the achievement of the SDGs in Europe
- Increase Vision in the SDGs and Related Topics: The project aims to broaden participants’ understanding and knowledge of the SDGs and other interconnected topics. By providing comprehensive learning opportunities and engaging activities, the project seeks to expand the vision of participants, enabling them to grasp the significance of the SDGs and their interconnectedness with various aspects of sustainable development.
- Provide Innovative Learning Materials for Youth Workers and Young Learners: One of the key objectives is to develop and deliver innovative learning materials specifically designed for youth workers and young learners. These materials will offer interactive and engaging resources to enhance their understanding of the SDGs. By providing accessible and captivating educational materials, the project aims to inspire and empower young individuals to actively contribute to the SDGs.
- Empower Youth Communities to Work in Line with the SDGs: The project recognizes the pivotal role of youth communities in driving sustainable development. Through capacity-building activities, the project intends to empower youth communities, equipping them with the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to work effectively towards the SDGs. By fostering youth empowerment, the project seeks to create a sustainable and impactful network of young individuals dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.
- Participatory Visit in CZ: The project will organize a participatory visit to the Czech Republic. During this visit, the project team will engage with local entities and countries to learn about their techniques, best practices, activities, and efforts related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This activity aims to foster knowledge exchange and gain insights into successful SDG implementation strategies.
- Development of Digital Breakouts: The project will focus on developing digital breakouts as an innovative approach to transfer knowledge and understanding of the SDGs. Digital breakouts are interactive activities or games designed to engage participants in problem-solving and critical thinking. This activity aims to make the SDGs more accessible and engaging, especially for youth and other target audiences.
- Course in Spain: A course will be organized in Spain to test and transfer the digital breakouts developed in the previous activity. The course will also provide participants with tools and techniques for youth engagement and creating activities related to the SDGs. The objective is to empower participants to become active agents of change and enable them to implement SDG-related initiatives in their communities.
- Dissemination Campaign: A comprehensive dissemination campaign will be conducted to raise awareness and reach target audiences at all levels. This campaign will include conferences, workshops, and various activities aimed at promoting the importance of the SDGs and encouraging individuals, organizations, and policymakers to take action. The dissemination activities will play a crucial role in mobilizing support, fostering collaboration, and creating a broader impact for the project.
Overall, these activities are designed to enhance understanding, inspire action, and facilitate the transfer of knowledge and best practices related to the SDGs. By engaging with different stakeholders, promoting innovative approaches, and conducting effective dissemination, the project aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and address the challenges identified in the project overview.
- Access to Innovative Learning Material: Youth communities, including young individuals, youth workers, and organizations, will have access to an innovative learning material specifically designed to educate them about the SDGs. This material will provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the SDGs, enabling youth to align their daily activities with the goals. By equipping them with this knowledge, the project seeks to foster a generation of active participants who actively work towards addressing the major challenges faced by their communities and the planet.
- Active Participation in Local and Global Communities: Through their engagement with the project and the knowledge gained, youth communities will become active participants in both local and global communities. They will be empowered to contribute their efforts and ideas towards solving the significant challenges faced by society. By actively participating, they will play a crucial role in driving positive change, making a tangible impact on their communities and the planet.
- First SDGs Digital Breakouts for the Erasmus+ Community: The project partnership will develop the first set of SDGs digital breakouts specifically tailored for the Erasmus+ community. These digital breakouts will offer an interactive and engaging way for individuals to explore and understand the SDGs. By providing this innovative educational tool, the project aims to enhance the learning experience and facilitate a deeper understanding of the SDGs within the Erasmus+ community.
The project aims to achieve specific results for youth workers, youngsters, and the partnership. These results will demonstrate the impact of the project in empowering youth workers, inspiring youngsters, and fostering collaboration within the partnership. The anticipated results are as follows:
For Youth Workers:
- Agents of Change and Training: Youth workers will not only receive knowledge and values but will also become agents of change and training. They will actively contribute to designing sustainable activities for youngsters in their communities.
- Remarkable Leadership: Youth workers’ leadership within their communities will become remarkable as they take the lead in implementing sustainable activities and initiatives aligned with the SDGs.
- Real Transformation in Learners: Youth workers will achieve a real transformation in the youngsters they work with, instilling in them the conviction to act in line with the SDGs in their personal, academic, and professional lives.
- Impact Survey Satisfaction: At least 80% of youth workers will demonstrate at least 80% satisfaction in an impact survey, indicating the positive influence and effectiveness of the project in their professional development and impact on youngsters.
- Constructing Future with Dignity and EU Values: Youngsters will have the opportunity to take control of their future with dignity and embrace European Union values such as freedom, responsibility, and respect.
- Global Connection and Empathy: Through the project, youngsters will foster a sense of global connection and empathy towards other countries and cultures, nurturing their understanding of the world and promoting inclusivity.
For the Partnership:
- Facilitated Cooperation Space: The partnership will provide a cooperation space for youth workers and youngsters to collaboratively create and participate in activities that benefit society and the Earth.
- Number of Developed Activities: The partnership aims to develop a specific number of activities within different time frames: short term (2 activities), medium term (4 activities), and long term (8 activities).