COCO and the SDGs

COCO is part of a global movement working towards achieving the UN Global Goals, everything that we do contributes to achieving these. Providing quality education is our core aim, as such Goal 4: Quality Education, is the primary UN Global Goal that we are working towards. Our Schools for Life programme provides good quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities in East Africa, from nursery through to further education.

However, development is complex, everything is interlinked and interconnected. We have a number of secondary goals that we are also actively working towards and the remaining are tertiary goals, not directly forming part of our strategy but which are still considered.

Our secondary goals are:

Goal One - No Poverty; we find sustainable and innovative solutions to poverty, ensuring that children have access to quality education, which we believe provides the best possible chance of breaking the cycle of poverty.

Goal 2 – Zero Hunger; y providing sustainable agriculture training to farmers and food forests in school to provide healthy meals to students.

Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing; educating on issues of health and economically empowering communities to be able to afford healthcare.

Goal 5 – Gender Equality; ensuring girls have equal access to education, empowering women, and ensuring schools are safe, conducive environments in which young girls can learn.

Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation; providing safe water supply and appropriate, hygienic toilets.

Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy; our partner schools are powered by solar power, free to use after installation and better for the environment.

Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth; by providing sustainable agriculture training and small loans to community members to increase income and providing entrepreneurship in schools to prepare students for work.

Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities; by working with the poorest in society to help close the inequality gap.

Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities; sustainability is at the heart of everything that we do, ensuring communities aren’t reliant on grant aid.

Our tertiary goals are:

Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; by listening to the communities that we work with and using local labourers to support the local economy.

Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production; by training in sustainable agriculture techniques.

Goal 13 – Climate Action; by using clean energy and educating on the importance of conserving the environment.

Goal 14 – Life Below Water; where partner communities are in fishing communities, fishponds reduce overfishing, and reducing use of artificial fertilisers improves water sources.

Goal 15 – Life on Land; sustainable agriculture training uses organic methods of farming which are better for the natural environment.

Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; by building capacity of partner organisations and reducing poverty, often a cause of conflict.

Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals; by partnering with local organisations and empowering local communities to have a voice.