The Fast Track Inclusion (FTI) Trust is committed to extending young people’s options for education beyond mainstream options as follows:
FTI is inspired by the 2016 United Nations universal call to action to increase human flourishing, end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The UN described 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to grow resilient communities in a sustainable environment. Nestled within this inspirational future for humanity is children’s right to flourish and be happy.
The School Mindfulness Project will enable young people to gain an understanding as to how to increase self-care as they raise their awareness about the connection between our environment and our wellbeing, through work on these Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the project seeks to extend options for education beyond mainstreams options in the following ways:
The School Mindfulness Project provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning about mindfulness and sustainability by inspiring concrete actions that address the goals. The "Mindfulness Journals" provide an educational framework that does not currently exist in schools. Teachers who have piloted this project with students are excited at the impact it has had throughout this little rural school. The program has expanded the students' understanding of sustainability and inspired them to make actionable plans. This awareness and training in holistic and 'big-picture' thinking is valuable in forming well-rounded and thoughtful students who know about self-care and about being stewards of the Earth. Further, the contents addressed in this program include poverty and sustainable cities and communities-- as well as an environmental focus that supports the former.