Educator Development, Global Education

Free resources to connect to SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Work is part of most of our everyday lives. It drives society and our economies and collectively impacts economic growth and the planet as a whole. Everyone can benefit from the innovations and other products of this growth, but how are we getting there? How does the work we are doing affect our planet and the lives of others?

According to the U.N., 2.2 billion people live on $2 or less a day and in 2015, almost 204 million were unemployed. Decent work can mean a safe work environment, equal pay, a living wage, worker rights and fulfilling jobs. The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal 8 focuses on promoting decent work for everyone and fostering inclusive, environmentally friendly economic growth.

What can young people do to help promote decent work and sustainable economic growth? Here are a few free resources to help you get started!

Transform Our World: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Get introduced to this SDG topic through this free course from our sister company, Participate Inc., to find more than 30 lesson plans, videos, and activities. You can go at your own pace, then connect with and follow experts and create your own resource collection. In the final part of the course, you will be asked to do a lesson or activity with your students, reflect on the experience, and upload evidence of their learning. A trained peer reviewer will leave you feedback and award your digital badge!

The history of minimum wage in the U.S.

Use this infographic with your students to get an overview of minimum wage laws and use the prompts to spark class discussions on these topics. For an extension activity, ask students to research minimum wage laws in other countries and present their findings to the class.

Teach the Global Goals community

Join more than 250 educators in this online Community of Practice who are also interested in teaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Once you become a member of the community, you can sign up for free courses, access resource collections and participate in discussions.

To learn more about the other Sustainable Development Goals and integrate them into your classroom, explore these additional resources:

Caroline Weeks is a senior marketing coordinator at Participate. You can connect with her on Twitter @caroline_weeks_.