On June 6 2016, the consortium of ThreeC organised a very successful multiplier event in Porto, hosted by the Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique. Around 100 participants from six European countries shared this day their experiences and ideas on circular economy and education.
During the first part of the conference, three speakers were invited to present their ideas.
Rafael Campos Pereira (vice-president of the Association of Industrial Metalworking,Portugal) reflected on circular economy in Portugal. Sara Heinrich (Schools & Colleges Programme Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) presented some essentials on circular economy and education. Keynote Sara Heinrich (PDF) And Martin de Wolf (teacher trainer at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands) explained the importance of some learning outcomes of the ThreeC Project. Read more (PPT) keynote Martin de Wolf (PPT)
The second part of the conference consisted of two parallel sessions where teachers presented their ThreeC projects.
One sessionfocused on three secondary school projects, the other section on vocational school projects. All teachers developed school projects, based on the didactical approach that was developed by ThreeC consortium members.
Presentations of secondary schools
Marta Villares ( Escola Secundária Fontes Pereira de Melo, Porto) developed a project about cork.
Ton Sprangers (Cambreur College, the Netherlands) and Marielle Antonie, teacher student at Fontys University of Applied Sciences did a project on waste management.
The project of Sven Spruijt, De Nieuwste School, the Netherlands) was about chewing gum.
Three Vocational school projects
Mariano Gomez Calcerrada from CIFP Las Indias (school for clothing, hair and lifestyle in Tenerife) ) reported how students doing an internship in a company write an advice how some linear aspects can be changed into a circular system.
Two projects on Fashion were presented
Joska Pouw and Jolanda Helverstein (ROC Fashion Design school Tilburg ,the Netherlands) presented their project that resulted in an assignment of Havep, a garment manufacturer in the region.
Vicky Leemans and her colleagues (Vrije Sint-Lambertusscholen, Belgium) reported about a four-years-programme as a result of the ThreeC project.
The third and final part of the conference were four workshops on important aspects of the didactics and learning environment.
Workshop on systems thinking was introduced by Lennie de Ridder ( Norbertuscollege, the Netherlands)
Marcel Kops (Were Di, the Netherlands) and Eefje Smit (teacher trainer, Fontys University of Applied Sciences) conducted the workshop on internal networking at school
Teachers René Boon & Suzanne Broeders and students from Koning Willem I College (the Netherlands) and teacher trainer Michiel Lippus reported how the school cooperated with contractors.
A fourth workshop on climate change was organised for students of Portuguese schools by Sabine Wiemann and Tim Scholze (projectmanagers at BUPNET GmbH, Germany) and Hanna Villa ( Kuoppanummi school,Finland)
Thursday 7 april – On the second day of the annual conference about Innovation in education and ICT ‘Nait soez’n moar broez’n’ there was a workshop ‘Lessons on Circular economy’. In the Topsportlounge of the Martiniplaza in Groningen about a dozen of interested teachers and school managers gathered for the workshop of Rene Boon en Suzanne Broeders. They represent the ‘Ondernemersacademie’ of Koning Willem 1 College in Den Bosch.
Most of the participants in the workshop were managers, teachers and policy makers in education who really intend to implement this theme in their school. That’s why they are very much interested in the didactic model that has been developed in the Three C project.
Suzanne Broeders en Rene Boon have developed their lessons following the step by step guide of the didactic model of Three C.
They showed in detail how they performed each of the steps in their lessons.
The participants were very enthusiast about the presentation, also because Suzanne and Rene modified the items that didn’t work well in the pilot phase.
The participants copied the link to the MOOC about Three C and they gave their mail address because they would like to receive the manual.
Rene and Suzanne are very satisfied with the workshop. They hope that their presentation will lead to introduction of the Three C theme in more Dutch schools.
ThreeC consortium invites you to join the ThreeC – MOOC ( = Massive Open Online Courses)
The EMMA-project has provided the EMMA-Platform to our course.
The course is aimed to everybody who works in education and wants to know more about circular economy. The course will run for 4 weeks, 1h course + 2 homework per week, and will include access to the EMMA online platform, a weekly menu of recommended reading, videos, links to further information, circular economy quizzes
You can follow the course also after the 4 weeks pilot run at any time.
Sign up and select the course Circular economy. Enroll for the course
Lesson 1. General introduction on Circular economy
Lesson 2 A didactical approach for education for a circular economy
Lesson3. Sequence of assignments
Lesson 4. Case studies
Drinking package. A sequence of lessons conducted in Lambertus scholen (Belgium)
Practice 2. Fashion design. A serious of lessons conducted in ROC Tilburg (Netherlands)
you’ll learn what circular economy means;
you’ll be introduced to competencies for a circular economy;
you’ll learn how circular-economy-competencies can be achieved;
you’ll experience how such a learning process can be conducted;
• you’ll be introduced to examples of ThreeC school practices.
Author: Martin de Wolf
Martin de Wolf works at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) as a geography teacher trainer and coordinator of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). He was involved in many ESD-projects in the Netherlands, published geography schoolbooks and a book for higher education about ESD.
COAUTHOR : Alexandra Baldaque
On January 19 2016, participating teachers of ThreeC in the Netherlands attended a meeting as Community of Practice. Every teacher described shortly how he or she progressed on the development of their ThreeC project. Based on these short presentations, the group reflected on some pending issues:
– How to attract an interesting contractor for a ThreeC project?
– How can you ensure a continuing collaboration with contractors?
– How can you involve more colleagues in these ThreeC projects?
– How should we assess learning outcomes of these kind of projects?
Furthermore, the basic framework for the reference system of the ThreeC competence ‘circular economy redesigning’ (IO2) was discussed, with a special focus on the development of the assessment toolbox (IO4).
The teachers underlined the importance of this Community of Practice and to continue the existence of this network, also after the end of the ThreeC project. An important focus could be, how to match the collaboration between schools and contractors with educational learning purposes (as a collective learning process) on the one hand and societal or entrepreneurial needs and demands on the other hand?
Eefje Smit (Fontys University of Applied Sciences) conducted a workshop on a congress for primary school teacher trainers, organised by the network for ‘sustainable primary school teacher trainers’ (www.duurzamepabo.nl). At the congress, a new book with ’32 lessons for the future’ was presented. Martin de Wolf (Fontys) wrote one of these 32 lessons, based on the ThreeC didactical ideas. Eefje’s workshop was visited by 15 teacher trainers from the Netherlands. During the workshop, teacher trainers exchanged ideas based on ThreeC didactics. Here the presentation of Eefje Smit (in Dutch) Workshop Teacher training primary school.
On November 11, Martin de Wolf (Fontys University of Applied Sciences) was part of the programme of a congress about circular economy for higher education in the Netherlands, organised by the Business School of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences .Martin presented in front of 30 higher education lecturers, the present outcomes of ThreeC and a short summary of the congress about circular economy and education that took place in Den Bosch on November 10
On November 9, eight groups of the entrepreneurship-programme of Koning Willem I College (‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands) presented the outcomes of their ThreeC project for an audience of 100 other students. A jury with experts (De Conceptenbouwers, DMBO and Fontys University of Applied Sciences) formed a jury. The audience gave the ‘public price’ to the group that designed the wine holder made out of pallets. The jury decided to give the first price to the group that came up with the idea of a ‘circular economy logo’. De Conceptenbouwers were contractor for the students and rewarded the winners with the promise that their idea will be conducted by them. A report of the ideas of the students can be found here.
Martin de Wolf (Fontys University) organized with Werkplaats De Gruyter (Province of North-Brabant) and Het Groene Brein ROOTS a Dutch conference on Circular Economy and Education. Several teachers who had attended the Tallin course presented their projects. Audience (65 people) consisted of teachers, policy makers, representatives of compagnies and a few students.
Martin Bakker (Province of North-Brabant) closed the programme with an invitation to all participants to use the possibilities of cooperation with VIBA-EXPO as service-institute for sustainable development.