Today’s post responds to Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5, which we decided to tackle together, since gender and educational opportunities are so deeply intertwined, especially when it comes to limitations to access for girls worldwide. These SDGs state that cooperating countries will work to:
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
In a previous post, we explored the U.S. baby boom generation over time - from 1980 to 2015 - as it is depicted in population pyramids. The baby boom population is evident on U.S. population pyramids because it’s where the pyramid is at its widest, indicating large populations within certain age cohorts.
We’re not getting any younger, you know. Humanity, that is. According to a sweeping new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, people 65 and older will soon outnumber children under 5 for the first in human history. The proportion of global senior citizens, now at 8.5 percent, will double to 16.7 percent by 2050 and continue to grow for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the proportion of young children will decrease to just 7.2 percent of the world population.
Education is the first step in empowering women and breaking the cycle of poverty. History has proven that when women and girls are educated, they get married later, have smaller healthier families, and have more opportunities in the workforce. However in many places, social, economic, and cultural barriers still stand in the way of women receiving the education they deserve. Of the nearly 1 billion adults who cannot read, about 70 percent are female. In Sub-Saharan Africa, boys are 1.5 times more likely to complete secondary education than girls.
This post will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 3, through which cooperating governments will: ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.’ Below are descriptions/links to two Population Education lessons which not only address the overarching theme of SDG 3, but respond to specific sub-headings.
In September 2015, world leaders met at the UN Headquarters in New York to develop the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: a cohesive and ambitious 15-year plan for protecting the planet, reducing poverty, and improving quality of life for nations worldwide. The SDGs can be an excellent way to take a solution-minded approach to teaching about climate change and social justice in the classroom.
What are the SDGs?
Did you know that Nigeria is one of the fastest growing countries in the world? With global population projections reaching 9.7 billion by 2050 we’re slated to see some big demographic changes in coming years, including reshuffling of the largest populations in the world. Are you already a global demographics guru? Take a crack at our Nigeria specific population quiz!
1. In 2015 Nigeria’s population was 182 million, what is Nigeria’s population projected to be in 2050?
Five years ago on March 15, 2011, hundreds of protesters gathered in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria’s two largest cities, calling for democratic reforms.
Last week Thursday was the deadline to submit a video to this year’s World of 7 Billion student video contest. The contest challenged students to demonstrate a connection between world population growth with one global challenge – deforestation, water scarcity or public health – and come up with a sustainable solution all in a 60-second video.