Gurgaon: Sonam Kapoor joined Gems Education, UNICEF, Reliance Group and the Global Goals Campaign to launch the World's Largest Lesson India programme on the occasion of Teacher's day here on Monday. The actress says that a proper education can build a great future and lead a child to imbibe good qualities.
"The Worlds' Largest Lesson India" is a unique initiative which aims to teach every child in India - nearly 360 million - a lesson about the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Launched in September 2015, lessons have taken place in 160 countries. The materials included lesson plans, comic books and an animated film introduced by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, tennis champion Serena Williams and international football star Neymar Jr. In India alone, the World's Largest Lesson reached an estimated 3 million children who watched an animation film on the Global Goals.
On the occasion of Teachers Day, 250 eminent educationalists, UN Global Goals champions, members of civil society, UN bodies, corporates, youth groups, students, teachers and one of the esteemed ambassadors of the World's Largest Lesson, Indian actor and youth icon Sonam, gathered at the GEMS Academy here to launch The World's Largest Lesson India chapter.
Speaking at the occasion, Sonam said how she is planning to finish her under graduation at the age of 30 as she feels not finishing her schooling is her biggest regret.
"I am somebody who is very regretful of the fact that I didn't finish my school after 12th grade. I went to university and I am trying to finish that right now. At the age of 30, I am trying to finish my under grade," she told while interacting with members present during the launch and with kids.
She also feels that as an actor, it’s her responsibility to give the right message to the people.
"I feel that films like 'Neerja' and 'Khoobsurat' were very inspiring. It was entertaining and engaged you. I think that simple ideas and simple messages are so effective that if told in simpler way, it can be more entertaining. It will create impact on young people," she added.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said that the initiative "will do more than teach children about the global goals".
"It will engage them in the effort to achieve those goals - educating them about the challenges that are shaping their futures and encouraging them to drive change in their own communities. Young people can help achieve the global goals by holding their leaders accountable for the promises they are making - and by holding themselves accountable for building a better future for everyone," he said.