TheGoals.org is a free crowdlearning platform based on the 2030 Agenda. It provides education for sustainable development for young people and designed to work on the simplest mobile device.
Currently, TheGoals.org is being rolled out through the distribution partner network. By taking part in the course, young peoples knowledge of SDG 14 and their awareness and willingness to take action increases significantly. Through the agency of young people we aim to speed up implementation processes and support their knowledge and understanding of the challenges of our world and how they can solve them. The voluntary commitment to save our oceans from TheGoals.org therefore is to further scale up the roll out of the platform and courses with an even stronger focus on SDG14 in particular and show the connections to other goals and targets.
The course format is gamified and structured by missions. To complete a mission, users have to understand key SDG 14-related concepts and translate their understanding into concrete actions and solutions that help their local communities to develop sustainably. When a mission is completed, users will receive credits and can publish their stories and solutions for feedback and social media sharing.
Over time, better and better solutions to an increasing number of challenges will be collected at TheGoals.org and shared among a growing number of users, creating a community where members learn from and inspire each other. Courses on TheGoals.org are created using the evidence-based Crowdlearning pedagogy to engage young people in learning-by-doing. Courses are designed so that learners must get offline to examine their local communities and interact with local actors in order to finish the assignments.
The global feedback mechanism makes it possible that learners in different parts of the world understand different perspectives on similar challenges. Crowdlearning combines deep learning with large numbers of dispersed learners; through participatory online learning and a systematic exchange of local perspectives, it empowers young people and foster intercultural understanding and exchange. The method also works to connect general and global challenges and development goals to local realities, solutions and success stories.
And it is a powerful tool to turn this process on its head to feed recent local examples and success stories into the global framework, thereby giving it new dimensions of depth and applicability, as well as distribute local solutions for implementation elsewhere. All to ensure we implement and achieve the SDGs and save our ocean.