The learning exchange here in Tanzania just conducted a great session on practical ways to make the Sustainable Development Goals real and tangible for communities where participants work. The session focused on Goal 5 (gender equality) and Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), and included a presentation, interactive case studies, a video, and large and small group discussions. The groups analyzing the case studies and demanded extra time to allow the discussions to develop further.
One overarching point of consensus was that there needs to be more efforts to promote the SDGs. Some of the participants were not familiar with them and they have been active since late last year. The comparison was made to the MDGs, which were ineffectively promoted and not very real to much of civil society until half of the 15-year period had past. To ensure these goals have impact, people need to be made more aware of their existence and meaning now - something this session aimed to improve.
@dunijeidoh and others made direct requests for more training materials around the SDGs, particularly goals 5 & 16, including materials adapted from the session we conducted. Perhaps @staceycram and @opepeters would consider adapting these for wider use elsewhere. As requested, here is the global goals website that we looked at as well.
It was inspiring to hear all of the practical ideas that came out of this session and I wanted to open a public post for participants to share their specific ideas to make the SDGs real and meaningful for communities with which they work.