June 28, 2019

UN Sustainable Development Goals Introduced to Grade Schools in Aruba

Oranjestad, Aruba — June 27, 2019 – As part of its support of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, Futura – Aruba’s Government Innovation Lab – along with members of the SDG committee, began to visit local schools to introduce its own Go Goals Aruba; an interactive board game launched earlier this month. So far, over 250 5thand 6thgrade students have participated in the program, which will continue into the upcoming school year.

The SDGs are 17 priority goals established by the UN that cover a number of important world issues including: ending extreme poverty, ensuring all children receive a good education, achieving equal opportunities for all, and promoting better practices for consumption and production that will help make the planet cleaner and healthier.

The Go Goals Aruba interactive board game, which has been fully translated into Papiamento to ensure all students are able to follow the material, challenges kids to think about topics such as poverty, the environment, equality and sustainability. The game is designed to teach children about what they can do in their daily lives to contribute to achieving the UN SDGs, and it also serves as a tool to encourage the young generation to shape their own futures.

So far, Go Goals Aruba has been introduced to Prinses Amalia Basisschool, Colegio Ora Ubao, and St. Aloysius School. Futura, along with the SDG Committee plans to continue using this game as a toolkit for grade school teachers in Aruba, and hopes it can be introduced and incorporated into the student curriculums during the 2019-2020 school year.