The United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed in September 2015 are designed to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Seventeen goals were broken down into 169 targets to be achieved by 2030.
At first the 17 goals may leave you feeling overwhelmed. Smith’s School of English looked at each goal individually and decided we could help. We believe that we can carry a small part of the total SDG vision.
The 4th SDG says “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, more specifically, target 4.3 requires that, “By 2030 we ensure access for all to affordable vocational education.” Smith’s School of English felt sure we could support this target.
In Japan everyone knows we need English conversation skills to maintain and improve our position in the world. We all know the Japanese education system teaches English grammar, reading and writing and conversation skills are left up to the individual. Private English conversations schools exist to meet individual demand.
English conversation schools are the best place to improve communicative confidence but they require money and time. At Smith’s School of English we know many Japanese who want to attend our school. Sadly some do not have the time or money to attend an English school.
To support SDG target 4.3, we are creating regular online english teaching materials. We publish free English quizzes, free English mini Lessons and free TOEIC quizzes. We know this action combined with other actions are but a small part of a big picture. However, if everybody does just a small part, then all 17 Sustainability Development goals will be achieved.
Here is a bit of family happiness from Japan. My daughter requested this song for me to record from Disney's "Tarzan." I put some photos to it. It was a bit of work but a great pleasure. One year ago. I love my family. I love Japan. Peace. Jim