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Hrithik Roshan is India Ambassador for UNICEF and the Global Goals campaign’s World’s Largest Lesson

Hrithik Roshan is India Ambassador for UNICEF and the Global Goals campaign’s World’s Largest Lesson
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Up to 500 million children will learn how to build a sustainable future for all.India’s first film superhero Hrithik Roshan joins Malala, Neymar and Serena Williams to invite young students to use their superpower to help protect our planet and achieve the global goals’ mission to end poverty and inequality.

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Up to 500 million children will learn how to build a sustainable future for all.India’s first film superhero Hrithik Roshan joins Malala, Neymar and Serena Williams to invite young students to use their superpower to help protect our planet and achieve the global goals’ mission to end poverty and inequality.


Indian NGOs Akshaya Patra, and Magic Bus to help teach children a lesson about the new Global Goals

Renowned Indian film star Hrithik Roshan has been announced as the India ambassador for The World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative launched by the Global Goals campaign and UNICEF.

The World’s Largest Lesson aims to teach children in over 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month. It is part of the campaign to tell everyone about The Global Goals and will engage children and young people in the global effort to build a more sustainable future for everyone.

Hrithik Roshan joins other international public figures such as PLAN global ambassador Freida Pinto, Dani Alves, Kolo Touré, Neymar Jr., Nobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai; UNICEF ambassadors Nancy Ajram, Serena Williams and Eminent Advocate for UNICEF Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.

With India having the world’s youngest population, children and young people will be most affected by the implementation of the goals.

“The World’s Largest Lesson will do more than teach children about the global goals. It will engage them in the effort to achieve those goals – educating them about the challenges that are shaping their futures and encouraging them to drive change in their own communities,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Young people can help achieve the global goals by holding their leaders accountable for the promises they are making – and by holding themselves accountable for building a better future for everyone.”

The World’s Largest Lesson will be held in classrooms on every continent during the week of 28 September. A potential 500 million girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 will have the chance to learn about the Global Goals, which range from ending extreme poverty for all people everywhere, to tackling climate change, and giving all children the opportunity to gain a quality primary and secondary education. Government leaders and ministers from a number of countries will be teaching and participating in lessons.

The campaign is also supported by Indian NGOs The Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world's largest non-profit organisation, providing the mid-day meal to 1.4 million children every day, and Magic Bus, a charity that enables some of the poorest families in the world to move out of poverty through their special sports based curriculum and mentoring model, reaching 300,000 children in India.

Specially created lesson plans include an animated film by author and education expert Sir Ken Robinson that introduces the Global Goals, and a downloadable comic book by Josh Elder and Karl Kesel. Along with India’s first film superhero Hrithik Roshan, other prominent public figures like Malala Yousafzai have recorded their own introduction to The World’s Largest Lesson as well. The animated film invites students to consider the creative superpower they have and use it to help change the world for the better. Additional lesson plans and information are available for teachers to select based on the themes most relevant for their pupils.

“The World’s Largest Lesson is a fantastic opportunity to tell all children, everywhere what the Global Goals are and how they can play their part to make sure they are achieved,” said Richard Curtis, founder of the Global Goals campaign. “It would be wonderful if all teachers could make sure the World’s Largest Lesson is taught at their school. By making the Global Goals famous we can give them the best chance of working around the world – and help make us the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change.”

Hrithik Roshan is passionate about Goal 3 – Good Health & Well-being and has always believed that it is with good access to healthcare and quality nutrition, that an individual can reach his or her full potential. Speaking about his support of The World’s Largest Lesson, he says: “As a father, I believe that all children should have access to good education and through this education they learn how to take care of their health. In order to achieve the best, they need to be fit and healthy. It enables children to push their extreme. These are fundamental rights that every child deserves hence I champion Goal 3 Good Health.’

The World’s Largest Lesson provides a unique opportunity to foster global citizenship in schools across the world. It supports student learning across a range of subject areas such as science, geography, citizenship and technology and helps teachers explore important global issues such as human rights, poverty and climate change.

In India, the Global Goals campaign is being supported by various NGOs, media houses, organisations and corporates including Reliance Group, the first Global Goals campaign partner from India; Tata group; eBay India; Confederation of Indian Industry; Hello! India Magazine; Hero MTB Himalaya 2015; Yash Raj Films; Magic Bus and Akshaya Patra.

Hrithik Roshan introduces The World's Largest Lesson from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

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