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Walki Circular Classroom: co-created learning material stimulates circular thinking at school

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The challenge
Serious shortage of learning material related to the circular economy

The solution
The Circular Classroom is a new educational platform for learning about the circular economy. This open platform provides secondary schools and upper secondary schools with new tools for discussing the circular economy within a curriculum that promotes phenomenon-based learning and integrated subjects.

The web-based, open access Circular Classroom educational platform focuses on understanding the key concepts of the circular economy.

With content produced by Leyla Acaroglu, who holds a PhD in sociology and is recognised by the UN as a sustainable development expert (UNEP Champion of the Earth), the material is considered high-calibre.

The programme includes an introduction to the various aspects of the circular economy specifically designed for young people, various exercises, background videos and support materials for teachers of different subjects. The online platform is designed to be permanent and it will be developed in close cooperation with educational professionals over the coming years.

The Circular Classroom is available in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English; and the idea is to make it available to teachers and students in as many Swedish and English speaking countries as possible.

Success and sustainable development depend on future professionals
The Circular Classroom project is part of the Walki Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. ”We believe that our company’s success depends on the future professionals,” says Leif Frilund, CEO of Walki. ”At Walki, we want to play a part in ensuring that all young people know the basic concepts of the circular economy and understand the social significance of the phenomenon. We selected the circular economy and the educational material on it, since our interviews with teachers and educational influencers showed that there was a lack of quality and uniform material on the subject. We believe that the circular economy will help us solve the major challenges of today and tomorrow. The better the understanding young people have of the circular economy as they enter the working life, the better they will be equipped to find sustainable solutions for the planet” Frilund sums up.

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The programme content has been co-created with teachers from several schools who have already successfully adopted the materials. Teachers have found the materials useful and inspiring when communicating this difficult topic to young students. The programme has been well-received among students who found the approach both inspiring and motivating.