The Bridge 47 Network

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2016. They mark a new global commitment to transform our socities and economies. Now a new approach to education is needed: an approach that prepares all learners to act for sustainable development.

This new approach is included in target 4.7. within Goal 4 of Agenda 2030, requiring the world to ensure that by 2030 all learners are equipped with necessary competences to make the transition to a peaceful and sustainable global community. The implementation of SDG 4, quality education, is a fundamental requirement if we are to achieve any of the SDGs. We acknowledge that efforts have been done prior to the SDGs for education to contribute to sustainable development. However, much of these efforts and achievements have focused on formal education. Lifelong learning, informal and non-formal education parallel with formal education are all crucial to make this change happen.

 

Target 4.7.

By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable devlopment and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Many actors around the world have been successfully advocating for the target 4.7. to be integrated in the SDGs. But now that it is included, where do we start the work?

With several partners that have been very involved in the advocacy for the SDG on education, we have come together to address this need. Active individuals all over the world have set up the Bridge 47 network for all who are interested in working together on reaching this target.

The Bridge 47 network aims to build bridges between all types of ’value-based educations’ and all kind of educational actors at local, regional and global levels, in order to support each other, facilitate cooperation and achieve target 4.7. together. While the efforts are currently to build capacity within the CSOs, we recognise that we also need to work with the private and governments sectors.

The Bridge 47 network is not an organisation with heavy governance or huge structures. Our mission is to build bridges between different educations by sharing, learning and doing things together.

The Finnish NGDO platform to the EU, Kehys, has volunteered to act as the facilitating organisation during the formative stages of the network. The Bridge 47 network at the moment brings together approximately 100 people all over the world. They represent different educations, like global education, education for sustainable development, peace education, human rights education, from the very local level to global institutions like UNESCO, from national NGO networks to researchers, from the formal sector to informal and non-formal education, and from campaigners to teachers.

The common goal is to promote SDG 4.7. in all possible ways:

  • by bridging different levels (global, regional, national)
  • by bridging different educations
  • by organising events
  • by sharing information
  • by advocating

To learn more and engage, join us on Facebook or send an email to bridge47(at)kehys.fi.