On 27 November 2018, students from the country's ten secondary schools as well as the Deputy Minister of Education Mahabbat Valiyeva, Head of the Secretariat of the National Coordination Council for Sustainable Development Huseyn Huseynov, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan Edward Carwardine and Executive Director of IDEA Surkhay Shukurov came together to discuss Sustainable Development Goals (DIM) in School No. 23.
The "World's Largest Lesson" is a global initiative launched in September 2015 to introduce DIM to children and encourage young people to actively engage in discussions and critical approaches in their communities.
Held in collaboration with UNICEF Azerbaijan office and Ministry of Education, the project aims to encourage and empower teachers to use their own discretion and creativity in educating young people about the Global Goals in Azerbaijan.
As part of the project IDEA and UNICEF provided special adaptation of the materials prepared for this global classroom to Azerbaijani conditions in order to provide the Sustainable Development Goals (DIM) for children with special attention to environmental and climate change issues.
Since September, a series of trainings have been organized for teachers from 20 schools in Baku and Khachmaz in order to train teachers to conduct such a class in their classrooms. All materials are available in Azerbaijani and relevant information on 20 mentioned schools which once again demonstrates that the Global Initiative Web has been clearly supporting the global development agenda of Azerbaijani children.
The "World's Largest Lesson" is supported by official figures such as Jordanian Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and public figures such as American tennis star Serena Williams and Brazilian footballer Neymar. In addition, each year, heads of governments of different countries are joined by teachers or attendees to conduct such classes.