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Global Citizenship Global Sparks
Global Citizenship Global Sparks

What is Global Sparks?

Global Sparks is a 10 week series of fun activities to help families play and learn together at home while the schools are closed.

As we face the challenge of Covid-19 we are all taking powerful actions, standing together with those who need our protection and support most.

Let’s continue to work together like this. Let’s imagine, and act for, a world without climate change and poverty, where oceans, animals and people are healthy.

Get to know the Global Development Goals and what we can achieve together as a global community by taking small actions and standing together to create a better world.

We know you have a lot on your mind at the moment, so we're keeping this super easy for parents and children to take part.

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Week 6

Gender Equality

No matter where you live in the world, everyone has the right to equality.

Gender Equality is about making sure everyone has equal rights and is treated with the same level of respect. We still have a long way to go to achieve this goal.

Did you know?

  • Women hold only 1/3 of managerial positions in the world?
  • 2/3 of people who can't read or write in the world are women?

Women and girls make up half of the world’s population. By not giving equal opportunities to women and men alike, we are not only preventing social, economic, and political progression but also stopping many people from living life to their potential.

This week we have lined up different activities to get us thinking about the opportunities that a world with gender equality presents.

Regardless of your gender, only you should decide the life you want to lead.

Watch Sano's video and see how you can build a box of your hopes, dreams and favourite things!

Other activities to try this week

Dr. Hayley wants us to think like journalists this week.

Work on your interviewing skills and investigate a woman who really motivates you. Find out about the journey they have taken to get to where they are today.

Can you think of a woman who inspires you?

Draw a picture of someone who comes to mind who really inspires you to be the best that you can be!

Let us know why they inspire you. #GlobalSparks

Irish teacher Aoife wants us to think as Gaeilge this week as we reflect on different women who are role models to us.

Join us in this Irish activity and see what creation you come up with!

Global Sparks Survey

Have you enjoyed the Global Sparks activities so far? Anything missing? Let us know your thoughts in this quick 5 minutes survey.

Week 5

Climate Action

With workers and families encouraged to stay at home, our planet is enjoying a temporary carbon detox. Wild animals have been spotted roaming our cities, fish are returning to our rivers and air quality has improved globally over the last few weeks.

Did you know?

  • Climate change is creating drought, food poverty and driving migration in many developing countries.
  • The fashion industry contributes more to Climate Change than international flights and maritime shipping combined.
  • With less cars on the road and less planes in the sky we are producing 17% less carbon globally since the outbreak of Covid-19.

We can all play our part in stopping Climate Change. We can raise awareness with local politicians and change our own lifestyles to make the world a more sustainable place. This is important, not only for us, but for future generations to come.

We have some interesting activities lined up this week to help us tackle Climate Change at home.

Climate Change Quiz

Test your knowledge with our child friendly climate quiz!

Other activities to try this week

The Climate Queens have set us a creative activity this week - to draw what you imagine a climate changemaker or a climate activist to look like!

The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Have a go at repurposing an old t-shirt and see if you can make an easy, trendy tote bag like Flossie has done!

Week 4

Quality Education

It has been a while since children all over the world have been able to attend school due to the current health crisis. Now more than ever we are realising the value of education and the opportunities that education provides.

This crisis has forced us to adapt to a new routine of interacting, learning and teaching outside of the classroom. Unfortunately for millions of children across the planet the classroom door is permanently shut. Over 265 million children are currently denied access to education.

This week, we have lined up some creative, fun activities for you to get involved with as we take time to reflect on the value and importance of education.

Children’s writer Sarah Webb introduces our activities for this week as we explore global goal 4, Quality Education.

We have a mixture of creative activities to get you thinking, researching, drawing and writing! Get ready to be creative!

Share your ideas with the Global Sparks community!

Other activities to try this week

Irish Hockey player and GOAL ambassador Roisin Upton introduces us to a lovely creative activity this week.

We're inviting children to learn about the inspiring child campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Draw a picture of Malala and share three things you found out about her.

The classroom doors have been closed to students for a longtime.

Ask your child to write a poem about what school means to them.

And share their creativity with our #GlobalSparks community 

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Ask your child if they remember what their classroom looks like. Does it look the same as their current classroom?

What would be their dream classroom? Have fun with markers, crayons and colouring pencils and bring it to life!

Week 3

Zero Hunger

This week we are exploring the issue of Global Hunger and how the Global Goals are all interconnected. Global Goal 2 aims for a world with zero hunger, a goal we can all play a part in achieving together.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 7 people in the world live in hunger poverty
  • 1/3 of food is wasted every year
  • Climate change is having a huge impact on food production globally

Global Hunger is preventable. There is more than enough food to feed everyone on the planet. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the nutritious food that we take for granted.

This week’s activities will be looking at different ways to stop world hunger from within our own communities. We will be thinking about different ways to ensure everyone has access to safe and nutritious food all year round, how we can reduce food waste and support local small scale food producers.

Celebrity Chef Rachel Allen has put together a locally sourced, delicious and nutritious dish for us to try!

Can you think of a nutritious dish made of fresh food from your local area with ingredients that are ‘in season’?

Share your ideas with the Global Sparks community!

Other activities to try this week

Last week we looked at the journey our fruit and vegetable make to get to our kitchens. But we can't forget about chocolate.

Do you like chocolate? Have you ever thought about where your chocolate comes from?

Our friends at Fairtrade Ireland have developed a short quiz for families to try out together - how much do you really know about chocolate?

All over the world food is at the centre of special occasions and celebrations.

Our friends at Food Cloud are asking us to share a memory of a special occasion and the food that was at the centre.

Share your memories #GlobalSparks

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Many supermarkets and suppliers have a big problem on their hands with their ‘funny fruit’ and ‘varied vegetables’ that no-one wants to buy.

Check your garden, kitchen and local supermarket for the ‘funniest fruits’ and ‘varied vegetables’ you can find!

Share photos of your new unloved friends online #GlobalSparks!

What are the Global Development Goals?

Our future faces big challenges like climate change, poverty and the coronavirus. Just thinking about these problems can be overwhelming. But there are reasons to be optimistic about the future!

There is a global plan to help us achieve the equal and sustainable future we all want: the 17 UN Global Goals which have the power to create a better world. All UN nations have committed to achieve these goals by 2030.

It will take a lot of work and commitment by governments, businesses and individuals. But we do have the power to help make real change happen, and we want to encourage and share these actions.

It is now more important than ever to stand together. Are you curious about the Goals? Find out more by watching our video or clicking on the images below.

The 17 Global Goals

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Let’s Spread the Word!

Share your activities on social media with the hashtag #GlobalSparks and help inspire a new generation of changemakers.