Why should we teach children about Sustainable Development Goals?

When kids learn about different Sustainable Development Goals and how they are interrelated, they develop a better understanding of the world. Learning about global challenges our community faces such as poverty, inequality and climate change, they become more aware of what’s happening around the world and develop empathy and compassion. For example, learning about Goal 10 (reducing inequality) will help children understand the importance of respecting people regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, background and other characteristics.

Children form core values, attitudes and habits at an early age and these values can persist for a long time. When we teach children about Sustainable Development Goals such as gender equality, quality education and responsible consumption, they grow up conscious and ready to contribute to achieving SDGs by 2030.

Child participation is one of the guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They have the right to participate in all matters affecting them within their communities, families, and schools. When children learn about the SDGs, they also learn about different actions they can take in everyday life in order to contribute to achieving those goals. This will help them feel motivated and encourage their meaningful participation in society. Children will feel inspired to create a better future for the world. In addition, community engagement will give children a sense of belonging which is crucial to the building of their identity.

If we want our nations and communities to grow and prosper, then we all will have to bet on children and youth and their contribution. The aim of Educacion Diversa is to provide art-based educational materials for children to learn about SDGs. With our educational materials on SDGs, they will be able to learn in a playful and engaging way. We hope this will inspire them to become global leaders and vote every day about the kind of world they want to live in.