It’s been five years since the United Nations launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint to a more sustainable future – a cause that lies at the core of the Sunway Education Group (SEG). To celebrate the milestone, the Group has announced a board game dubbed “Are You the Master of Sustainability?”, designed to raise awareness of the goals and teach players how to help achieve them.
The board game was designed by Sunway University staff working in the Jeffrey Sachs Center (JSC) on Sustainable Development, as well as postgraduates in the Master in Sustainable Development Management programme. Questions were crafted to educate players on the need to find solutions to some of the most pressing social and environmental issues in Malaysia and the world today.
“We believe that greater knowledge of the UN SDGs will result in a new generation of leaders who will drive solutions to solving social and environmental issues, and guide us through a more sustainable trajectory,” said Dr Elizabeth Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group.
Lee also emphasised Sunway University’s dedication to furthering the sustainability cause and implementing practices at all levels of university life to produce socially and ecologically responsible individuals. In its latest efforts, SEG hopes to connect to a much wider audience through the board game, and spread the sustainability message as far as possible.
Among the pressing issues addressed by the SDGs are global poverty, climate change, access to education, gender equality, and affordable and clean energy – all points that have been incorporated into the questions of the board game.
Dr Elizabeth Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group (centre) trying her hand at the “Are You the Master of Sustainability?” board game with Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Vice-Chancellor, Sunway University; and Kong Phui Yi, Executive – Outreach and Education, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development
This year also marked another milestone for the Group as the JSC was chosen as the world’s third United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) centre, which helps localise and implement SDGs as well as plan and execute sustainable development, education and solutions.