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Sonam launches World’s Largest Lesson programme

The initiative aims to teach every child in India about the UN’s Global Goals

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Sonam Kapoor meets students at a school in Gurgaon onTeacher’s Day to launch the World’s Largest Lesson initiative.

Sonam Kapoor joined Gems Education, Unicef, Reliance Group and the Global Goals Campaign to launch the Indian leg of the World’s Largest Lesson on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on Monday.

The Worlds’ Largest Lesson India is an initiative that aims to teach every child in India — nearly 360 million — a lesson about the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Launched in September 2015, lessons have taken place in 160 countries. The materials used included lesson plans, comic books and an animated film introduced by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, tennis champion Serena Williams and international football star Neymar Jr. In India alone, the World’s Largest Lesson reached an estimated 3 million children, who watched an animation on the Global Goals.

Speaking at the event, Kapoor said she plans to finish her Bachelor’s degree at the age of 30.

“I am somebody who is very regretful of the fact that I didn’t finish my school after 12th grade. I went to university and I am trying to finish that right now. At the age of 30, I am trying to finish my undergrad,” she said.

She also feels that as an actor, it’s her responsibility to give the right message to people.

“I feel that films like Neerja and Khoobsurat were very inspiring. It was entertaining and engaged you. I think that simple ideas and simple messages are so effective... it can be more entertaining. It will create an impact on young people,” she added.

Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake said that the initiative “will do more than teach children about the global goals”.

“It will engage them in the effort to achieve those goals... educating them about the challenges that are shaping their futures and encouraging them to drive change in their own communities. Young people can help achieve the global goals by holding their leaders accountable for the promises they are making — and by holding themselves accountable for building a better future for everyone,” he said.