Free teaching resource on the SDGs and social enterprise

As part of our Connecting Classrooms global education programme, the British Council has developed a new series of teaching resources designed to help teachers deliver lessons based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Called ‘template projects’, these resources support educators to offer collaborative, pupil-focused lessons that are each linked to at least two core skills and one Sustainable Development Goal. The SDGs covered are Zero Hunger; Responsible Production and Consumption; Gender Equality; Quality Education; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Zero Waste; and Decent Work and Economic Growth.

The ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’ resource supports students aged 7-14 to learn about social entrepreneurship and the role that social entrepreneurs play in tackling social problems and building a sustainable future.

It offers six lessons of approximately 60 minutes each. Featuring examples of impactful social enterprises set up by students and adults, the lessons help students: 

  • explore the meaning of decent jobs; 
  • become aware of the needs in your community;
  • understand what motivates social entrepreneurs;
  • brainstorm ideas for their own social enterprise projects; 
  • work with classmates to draft a business plan for a social enterprise, and; 
  • plan for the launch of the social enterprise. 

At the same time, the students learn about the SDGs and develop skills such as citizenship and critical thinking as well as problem solving, creativity and innovation

The materials can be used in a range of different subjects depending on where social enterprise education might best fit in a curriculum. They link to a number of curriculum areas, including maths, literacy, business studies, geography, environment and  ICT. 

In addition, they support teachers to plan lessons and collaborate with other teachers in their school or in a partner school.

This resource was developed in collaboration with the Real Ideas Organisation and Social Enterprise Academy. Connecting Classrroms is supported through funding from UK Aid from the British people.