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  • Laurenne Ajayi

International Youth Day and SDG 12

Today is International Youth Day! This year, the focus is on SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

The youth have a leading role in the eradication of poverty and in achieving sustainable development, both of which hinge on the understanding and application of sustainable consumption and production:

‘Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Agriculture is the biggest user of water worldwide, and irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater appropriated for human use…The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal.’ – UNDP, Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 12.

In a rapidly developing country such as Rwanda, a working knowledge of what sustainability really means, and an understanding of the ecological and developmental impact of every action are the keys to achieving this goal. In order to ensure that this knowledge and understanding is disseminated throughout society, it must begin with quality education, well trained teachers, a powerful curriculum and committed schools.

To see some of the steps Umubano Primary School is taking in ensuring that all the students have an understanding of responsible consumption and production, see the stories on their (newly updated!) website here.

See here to find out more about the SDGs, and here for more information on International Youth Day 2016.

To all students and young people, both at Umubano Primary and everywhere around the world - Happy International Youth Day!

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