On 15 March, the UN Information Office (UNO) in Azerbaijan team organized a dynamic information session to familiarize students with the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), at Baku-based School # 23. The session, held within the framework of the educational campaign to improve knowledge of high school students of several schools in Baku about the MDGs, of their importance and implementation. History, goals, and functions of the UN were highlighted during the integrated session.
The presentation not only covered the basic information related to MDGs and its importance, but rather focused on how this worldwide project led by the UN, affects the country’s future as well as daily living. In addition, students explored the current status of achieving the goals among various states, with particular attention given to implementation in Azerbaijan.
Each of the MDGs was introduced to the students who were asked to critically analyze each goal. Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, and promoting gender equality to empower women, can only be done if citizens understand the serious relevance to their own lives. Once parallels of understanding were met, students learned about relevant facts indicating the need for urgent action and follow through in order to achieve the goals.
Development of human capital is one of the most important goals of the activities of the UN, thus the importance focused on education. The active reaction by the students to participating showed movement toward the goal of development from within Azerbaijan.
“Vibrant discussion among my students truly underlines high importance of such events for their personal development,” said Mrs. Irada Rahimli, Director of School # 23. Expressing her gratitude to the UNO for organizing this “interesting and comprehensive educational session,” she added: “It was an unforgettable experience for the youth, inspiring them to participate in future events organized by the UNO.”