The Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations are one way to help students understand that through their actions and ways of being in the world they can contribute to a better world, contribute to a worse world or remain neutral and not contribute. When children learn to self reflect on their actions and ways of being in the world, their actions become more intentional rather than habitual and often without thought. Students can develop Social awareness at a young age through opportunities provided in school through a growth of a social responsibility mindset. As children grow, Social engagement becomes central in order to continue developing mindsets and approaches to problem solving. Guided self reflective processes further increase internal reflection and personal development that lead to Social commitment.
Finally, programs designed with intentional excellence and aligned with curriculum are most effective and can eventually lead students towards Social Initiative. Most rewarding with such programs are not only what children give back to society but what they gain in the process; a lens through which they find meaningful living In this sense developing conscious global citizens who will be ethical decision makers and critical thinkers, who consider the good of the whole and thus contribute to better living and better life on the planet is just as important as developing knowledgeable, skillful individuals. Such individuals have an opportunity to experience success on multiple levels; mind, body, spirit and therefore a more holistic, satisfying life.