SKIP Projects and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sustainable development is the cornerstone of our organisation: our aim is to create sustainable projects in areas that need them. it is therefore wonderful that the United Nations have goals specifically towards this: The 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. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.’
If achieved, these 17 goals will improve health across the world. Each country has set its own agenda to try and achieve these goals. However, SKIP also works towards helping achieve these goals, which is demonstrated through these two examples.
SDG 4 – Quality Education
Many of our projects work with teachers and communities to share knowledge on various topics, such as healthy eating, handwashing and puberty. This teaching allows students and teachers to fill gaps in their knowledge and also for teachers to then teach the topics throughout the year when SKIP members are not there.
SDG 5 – Gender Equality
Project Mwezi is one of the most empowering projects that we do for girls and women. Through the project we teach them how to make reusable sanitary towels with very few materials, alongside teaching them about menstrual hygiene. The women sometimes have gone on to make a business out of this selling sanitary towels on! Some of our projects have also started teaching boys and men how to make these towels, helping to reduce stigma.
To know more about the SDGs and progress towards them, visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
Thank you for reading,
Chaitra Dinesh - SKIP National Global Health Coordinator 2018-19