Scouting Ireland launch online educational challenge – 17 Days, 17SDGs

Scouting Ireland has today launched a brand new online programme called ’17 days, 17 SDGs’ for young people stuck at home during the current school shut-down.

Anyone can take up the challenge which brings users on an important journey learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and challenges them to live a sustainable lifestyle for 17 days! The challenge can be found daily on

Each day will tackle a different Goal and resources will be published to make learning about the Goal interesting and fun. Today’s Goal is No Poverty.

Resources include a definition of the Goal, Facts of the Day, Sample Actions that can be taken to tackle the Goal and a Fun Quiz will encourage learning about our environment and sustainability in a fun way!

After taking an action to address the Goal, young people can snap a picture and can share it with the wider 17 Days, 17 SDGs community, posting it to their social media accounts using the hashtag #scoutsforsdgs#17day17sdgs and #scoutsie.

Anne Griffin, CEO, Scouting Ireland said; “We know parents are looking to keep their children active and occupied and what better way to do so than to give them an understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their role in protecting our planet.   Parents can work through the resources with younger children, while older ones can follow the resources themselves.  We have seen within scouts that young people are concerned for their planet and are hungry to learn what they can do to make it a better place for everyone.  By focusing on the 17 SDG Goals we hope to kickstart a conversation not just about climate action, but on the wider issues of sustainability and climate justice within our country.  We believe that the impact of our 17 day challenge will be lasting on those who participate and will in turn lead to more sustainable homes and communities across Ireland”.

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