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#8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Why is decent work so important to me?
What does economic growth mean?


Find out: Watch this clip to learn more about the importance of work and why people often talk about 'the economy'.


While you are watching and listening you might like to think about these questions.

What do the words decent, economic and growth mean?

Can you translate these words into another language?

Do you think that having a job you like is more important than getting paid well? Why or why not?

Are people treated differently depending on what job they have?

Understanding Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth (Primary)



 Jeffery Smart (Australian)

Jeffrey Smart Artwork Here:

Teacher Resource:

Scott Moore (American)

“The Money Game” by Scott Moore


Steve Cutts (British)

Steve Cutts is an illustrator and animator based in London and has made many fantastic short films that students love to watch again and again. Images from his films can also be used as a starting point for discussions or art making.

Watch this clip 

'MAN' and focus in on the factory work shown in the film.


Teacher Resource:

Research & Resources

Art Idea: Sculpture

Consider the difference between work and decent work.

Teacher Resources:

Design and make a shoe to reflect work versus fair and decent work.


Your shoe could be made out of clay or cardboard. 

Your shoe could be used to highlight child labour as well.

or search 'cardboard shoes' on Youtube.

Art Idea:
Creative Business

Design and make a handmade product to sell. You could make; handmade soap, headbands, gift cards, sleeping masks, squishy key rings, Zentangle artworks, Kids Kits such as -make your own bath bomb pack, make your own Shrinky Dink pack, grow your own herb garden etc.

Our students were very successful in selling their artistic goods and their profits were donated to a charitable organisation.


Art Idea:
Sewing Projects

Design and sew a product for those in need such as soft toys for children’s hospitals or pencil cases or sleep masks for refugees or the homeless.


Search terms:

  • ​art about working

  • artwork about economy

  • artwork about jobs

  • artwork about working

  • paintings about labour and work


Book list related to SDG # 8


Taking Action

Here are a list of idea from the Good Life Goals that can help you to take action on goal #8.


Taking Action

Where do I start?


New Ideas & Resources 


Coming soon!

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