Go Goals, or when the SDGs inspire a board game

Christophe Verhellen - UNRIC
22 February 2018
The United Nations has developed a board game based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The game’s principal target group are primary school children, but everyone can participate. Play the game and help to support a sustainable future!

 

Playing and building the future

Some two years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, they are fully integrated into national legislation around the world and are gradually making their way into the education sector.

“Go goals” is a recently launched online board game that was developed by the United Nations to support education professionals in their mission to raise children's awareness of the SDGs. The questions (by goal) focus on possible actions, cooperation with other countries or policy making. The target group/players are children from the age of 7 and the game is designed for 2 to 6 participants. The game’s interactive aspect and focus on communication and consensus especially come to the forefront when it is played in small groups.

The aim is to familiarize children with the goals from an early age. By 2030, when the SDGs have to be achieved, today's children will be our new politicians, business leaders and influential actors. It is therefore important to make them aware of the SDGs now, so that the goals become part of their DNA and are later integrated into their various policy areas.

Anyone can download, print and set up the board game for free. The concept brings us closer to the SDGs.

Who can play?

Anyone can download, print and set up the board game for free. The concept brings us closer to the SDGs and reminds us that they do not only concern the countries of the South, but that they are indeed global objectives that are also extremely important for the West if we want to build a better world.

The game can be downloaded from http://go-goals.org/

A subsidy from the Flemish government has enabled the United Nations to produce real game boxes that will soon be distributed in Flemish primary schools and make it easier for  children to play the game. Interested youth movements may also request a game box.

 

Here we go!

Questions will be regularly completed or updated online if new information is available or deleted if they are no longer relevant. In the short term, we also want to edit a set of typically Belgian questions to show that the SDGs are also relevant and important to us in Belgium. These questions can then be printed and added to the game box.

Naturally, teachers or supervisory staff can also add their own questions concerning the school, the municipality or the living environment, bringing the game even closer to the children’s world.

 

 

If you want to stay informed and participate, you can register on the site and receive information about the game, such as updated questions, versions in other languages and much more.

If you want to stay informed and participate, you can register on the site and receive information about the game, such as updated questions, versions in other languages and much more. You can also contribute to the success of the game by formulating and submitting questions, suggestions and comments. Tell us how you played the game, what children think about it and how we can improve it. Send your comments to info@go-goals.org.

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