Sam Wright

Sustainable Development Goal 3, ‘Good Health and Wellbeing,’ is a critical goal that has profound implications for children’s lives locally and globally. Access to quality healthcare, nutrition, and a safe environment significantly impacts children’s physical and mental health, development, and overall well-being. At the local level, children in Ireland may face challenges such as unequal access to healthcare services, mental health issues, or lifestyle-related health concerns. Globally, children in marginalized communities often lack access to essential healthcare, face malnutrition, and are vulnerable to infectious diseases.


To encourage my students to take action in support of SDG 3 and other relevant goals in Ireland, I would adopt an ESD approach focused on local-level actions. Firstly, I would educate students about the importance of good health and well-being, fostering awareness and empathy for the challenges faced by children both locally and globally. This could involve exploring topics like nutrition, mental health, physical activity, and promoting healthy habits.


I would encourage students to take action by initiating local-level projects and campaigns. For example, they could organise health awareness events. By involving students in hands-on activities, they can develop leadership skills, critical thinking, and a sense of responsibility towards sustainable development.


Furthermore, I would encourage students to advocate for policy changes that promote good health and well-being. This could involve writing letters to local representatives, participating in community forums, or discussing healthcare-related issues. By amplifying their voices and promoting their active participation, students can contribute to the achievement of SDG 3 and make a positive impact on the health and well-being of children in Ireland and beyond.

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