World's Largest Lesson Live

Millie Bobby Brown and Sofia Carson joined United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed and Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, in the World’s Largest Lesson Live, to encourage teens to reimagine the world post COVID-19. 

16th June 2020 saw the launch of World’s Largest Lesson Live, an educational show for teens created by World’s Largest Lesson in partnership with UNICEF. The show premiered on YouTube and brought together experts and young people in conversation to reflect on the past few months and discuss how they would like to reimagine the future post COVID-19.  

Hosted by NBC News and MSNBC Correspondent and Host of NBC’s Stay Tuned Savannah Sellers, it explored the themes of education, health, and the future—and addressed some of the key issues currently at the forefront of young people’s minds. Although we may be physically distanced from one another, young peoples’ voices, opinions and actions do and always will, make a difference.

The first conversation focused on education; its purpose and how it can transform the lives of young people everywhere. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UNICEF USA Supporter, actress and singer Sofia Carson were joined by Adrian Hrabos, a Nord Anglia Education student from Prague, as they reflected on the challenges young people have overcome. They discussed how school closures had made the world re-think the value of education as well as an opportunity to reimagine it for the future. 

This was followed by a conversation focusing on Global Goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove from the World Health Organisation discussed how young people can look after their mental health during the pandemic. She was joined by Shashank Dollin, a student and Scout from India to consider what healthcare might look like in the future.

Finally, Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Millie Bobby Brown and Yael Cuprinoff, a student from Argentina, discussed what they hope the world will take forward from the pandemic. Positioning COVID-19 as a “re-set” instead of a “re-start” they discussed how young people can play a part in building back better for the future.  

Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organisation thanked young people for the contribution they have made to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The show ended with the incredible voices of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who sang an uplifting performance of “You Will Be Found”.

Watch World’s Largest Lesson Live here and download resources to extend the conversation at home and in class groups. You can also watch the highlights here.