Russell Watkins. Department for International Development

We are now more connected across the world than ever before. Global connections influence our lives every day, affecting everything from the food we eat and the clothes we wear, to the impact of a global pandemic that is changing the ways we live. 

The civil rights leader Martin Luther King once said:

‘Before you finish eating your breakfast this morning, you’ve depended on half the world.’

Investigate what he meant by this by making a list of all the connections with other countries that you have had today.

  • Did you watch a television programmes or film made overseas?
  • Where have the ingredients come from in your breakfast or lunch?
  • Are the clothes you’re wearing and the devices you are using made in other countries?
  • Where were they made?  

Did anything surprise you in your list? 

Do you think global interconnectedness is a positive or negative thing? Write down your reasons. 

Just as we face problems together as a global community, we can also collaborate to resolve them. Watch the video from the World’s Largest Lesson where Malala Yousafzai introduces the Global Goals.

Can you sum up the message of this film in one sentence?

Print and cut out the cards for Global Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 at the end of the section. If you don’t have access to a printer you could make your own cards for this activity.

Put the Goals in order of which you think are most important. Give your reasons.

Do you think the order might be different if you lived in a different country? Why might that be?

Do you think the order might be different if you lived in a different country? Why might that be?