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Preparation and resources for the SDG Learning Circle

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How to prepare for the Peer Learning Circle? March 11 – April 27

All participating classes can already start in January and/or February to prepare their peer Learning Process:

  • Each class is divided into groups of 3- 5 students
  • Each group creates a groupname and engages in one of the 17 SDGs
  • Each group makes preparations to be able to write a good proposal in March.
  • Each group selects one or more learning goals and success criteria


Every student creates an individual peerScholar account on the peerScholar website (don’t use the Google option). On Thursday, March 7 you will receive an SDG Learning Circle Course link.

Students will use the methodology of peerScholar as their tool for peer learning, to create and reflect on their own and their peers’ learning process. To increase ownership of learning, students will set their own learning intentions and success criteria.
Working in a Peer Learning Circle is very exciting because it includes student engagement, collaborative learning, global citizenship and the development of future skills.

Read more about the synergy between Learning Circles and peerScholar…

Timeline and phases of the Peer Learning Circle 2019

Create phase:  March 11 – 29 – Create a proposal with your own group
Each class is divided into groups that work on a proposal for one of the SDGs. Students outline facts and challenges, starting with an introduction of themselves and the SDG they have chosen.
The next step is to clarify their own learning goals and indicate criteria for a ‘good’ learning outcome. An important part of their proposal is to describe a concrete idea about possible contributions and actions:
– What can I do to support this SDG?
– What can we as a group or our community do to make this goal feasible?
– How can the government of our country take responsibility and bring about positive changes?

Assess phase: April 1 – 12 – Assess the proposals from 4 groups in other schools/countries.
In these two weeks, students can look closely at the work of peer groups presented in peerScholar.
Each group assesses the content, design and quality of the proposal, based on goals and criteria that were set, and gives constructive feedback in the form of ’two stars and a wish’.

Reflect phase: April 15 – 26 – Reflection the feedback received and revise your work.
In the final phase, students process the feedback they received. After describing how useful the feedback was, they reflect on their work and use constructive comments of their peers to improve their proposal.

Resources on Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
By putting the SDGs at the heart of the Peer Learning Circle, we create awareness and provoke ideas about ways to end poverty and other deprivations.

The challenge is to focus on these ‘big goals’ and contribute to small steps for every global citizen, including young people who can make a difference!

United Nations Resources on SDG’s

The Sustainable Development Goals – by YAK
Elyx, the United Nations’ digital ambassador, uses various expressions and actions to help demonstrate the meaning of each Sustainable Development Goal. Created by French artist YAK, Elyx has no race, sex or nationality and is a universal character promoting the importance of the United Nations’ work.


Once each group has finalized their proposal, each class chooses a proposal they think is best to be published.
The coordinators of the Global Teenager Project will create a worldwide publication of all the ‘winning’ proposals.
Of course, every participating class receives a copy of the publication!