“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” Maya Angelou
Like a bird, your child has their own very special voice. With that, they have their own message, thoughts, beliefs and ideas. With this little hole in their face, your child is entitled to a voice on issues that matter to our world. Today is the International Day of Peace, a United Nations initiative dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme this year focuses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your child about issues that will affect their future, and promote further healthy discussion on issues that really matter.
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
We are all very fortunate to be in the circumstances we are in, and with that it is difficult for us and our children to understand what it means not to have food, water, safety, medicine and shelter in abundance. It is important for your child to have an open minded view of the world, and an understanding that not all people are born in the same circumstances. Without causing unneeded worry, when there is a news story about poverty, war, or drought talk to them about what is happening as a family and discuss with them how we can help.
For more information on talking to children about tough issues, take a look at our Refugee Week blog.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
A core element of your child’s education here at Greenwood, healthy living and eating is essential to not only your child’s own growth and development, but as a world. Healthy living is proven to lead to a number of large scale world improvements, including increasing life expectancy, reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, and minimising susceptibility to avoidable health issues. By talking to children about their own health, they begin to take ownership and an interest in issues related to this. You never know if your child could be the next Charlie Teo or Fiona Wood!
For more on encouraging healthy living, check this link out.
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
As you could probably guess, this goal is very important to the entire Greenwood family. There are so many children, even in Australia, that do not have access to equitable quality education. Worldwide, 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women. Fostering your child’s lifelong love of learning is at the core of what we do at Greenwood, and in turn we hope that we are helping your child take their place in the future generation of super leaders that will ensure that this basic human right is a reality for children all over the world. Speaking to your child positively about their education, including what they have learnt, what they love, and what they need help with from their day at school or child care is vital for this.
For more on the importance of universal education, click here
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Women make up half of the population, yet the world over do not receive gender equal treatment, whether that be at work, in their personal lives or in positions of power. It is an important issue that children need to be privy to earlier rather than later, and one that can be engrained in their lives faster than we can keep up with. Speak to your child about dispelling gender norms and stereotypes, reinforcing respectful views on gender and highlighting the importance of mutual tolerance and love for everyone.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
As a nation surrounded entirely by water, this is a very important goal that needs addressing. Speaking to children about acting sustainably at home, no matter how far away from the sea you live, is vital to our future ocean health. Talking to your children about littering, saving electricity and water, using eco-friendly products, recycling and even taking your grocery bags when you go shopping is really important to embedding the idea of sustainable living for your child.
© Picasso’s Dove of Peace, chosen as the emblem for the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949.