National meeting ThreeC in the Netherlands. 8 September 2015

On Tuesday, September 8, a national meeting for ThreeC-teachers was organised. Beside the participating teachers, three teacher trainers, two teacher students and a representative of the provincial government of Brabant were present. The government of Brabant is involved in ThreeC from their interest in circular economy and asked members of ThreeC to form a Community of Practice.

Altogether, they exchanged the progress of the development of the school projects and future plans. Furthermore, ideas for a national congress on Education and Circular Economy were presented, which will be held on 10 November 2015.


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ThreeC at the Elvis 3.0. final evaluation meeting, June 5th 2015, Westerlo

Elvis stands for European Link Virtual International school. It has been a partnership for 6 years with 11 schools all over Europe who work together on common subjects as history projects; language projects etc. and who organize exchanges between schools. The network of schools will continue to exist as the Eurolink Partnership until 2020 with even more partners.


At the evaluation meeting in Westerlo, H. Vangerven explained the activities of the ThreeC project and invited partners who are interested to become a pilot school.

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Teacher training course Tallinn May 2015

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27 teachers from Finland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands took part in a ‘Teacher Training Course’ organised by the ThreeC consortium at Tallinn University from 26 – 30 may 2015.

The main aim of the course was to support teachers to design teaching materials on circular economy to be used in their schools.

The picture below shows the programme of the training course week and the follow-up activities.

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ThreeC-circular-economy-pilot-project. Westerlo 16-20 March 2015


The aim of this project was to design a circular alternative to the linear production of drinking package. The project was divided in three steps (3 days):

  • First day: introduction, orientation and brainstorming
  • Second day: redesign a drinking package, preparing poster and Pitch (2 minutes speech)
  • Third day: poster presentations, pitches, assessment by the jury

Tim Favier, educational researcher of Fontys. observed the lessons. Eefje Smit, teacher trainer at Fontys, was present at the end presentations and pitch.

Feedback on design by Eefje Smit
Feedback on design by Eefje Smit

Listening to presentations
Listening to presentations

Agreement in fulfill
Agreement in fulfill

Designing a product
Designing a product


Presenting poster
Presenting poster
Westerlo students and teacher Hedwige Vangerven (second row at the left)
Westerlo students and teacher Hedwige Vangerven (second row at the left)

Webinar on Education for a Circular Economy

On March 10, the GREEEN Network ( organised a webinar on Education for a Circular Economy (ECE). About 30 members of this network joined the webinar and learned about circular economy and how the ThreeC didactical approach can be applied to a secondary school context. For most participants, circular economy was a new concept. Martin de Wolf showed examples of lessons, related to each step of the ThreeC didactical (9-steps) approach, related to the pilot project in Westerlo and specific lessons that were developed for the Royal Dutch Geographical Association.

To see the presentation of the webinar that was used on March 10, click here.


Expert meeting on Education for Sustainable Development

On March 5, the Dutch government organised an expert meeting on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Reasons to organise this event, were: a) a national discussion on the future of education #onderwijs2032; b) an approved parliamentary motion on ESD, demanding Dutch government to develop and conduct a plan to implement ESD in primary and secondary education. The outcomes of the event are used as input for future educational plans in the Netherlands.

Martin de Wolf (ThreeC consortium member) was asked to give a presentation about ThreeC in one of the expert sessions, moderated by Paquita Perez Salgado, professor in Environmental Science at the Open University in the Netherlands. Participants of this session underlined the importance of systems thinking, multiperspective thinking and an authentic, open-ended didactical approach.

On April 14, a synthesis of the results of this meeting will be presented and discussed in a mini-symposium on ESD.

To see the presentation about ThreeC that was used on March 5, click here.

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Presentation of ThreeC pilot project

On February 23, three students (biology and geography) of Fontys University of Applied Science, presented their ideas for a ThreeC-circular-economy-pilot-project. They designed and developed the project in cooperation with Eefje Smit (teacher trainer at Fontys) and Hedwige Vangerven (economy teacher at Vrije St-Lambertusschool in Westerlo, Belgium).

The students chose drinking packages as the main subject for the pilot project. Drinking packages are used a lot in schools, while they deliver a lot of waste. A drinking package consists of several different layers: carton and plastics. Why is that, to which manner can we consider this as a problem and how to make us of sustainable materials? That are questions that will be answered by the secondary school students in Westerlo. After analysing the situation, they will redesign a drinking package. A jury, together with an expert of the Dutch Packaging Association, will judge the results.

The pilot project will be conducted from 16-20 March 2015 and evaluated by Tim Favier, educational researcher of Fontys. The results of the evaluation and recommendations will be used to improve the ThreeC didactical approach.

The exercise book for the pilot project (in Dutch) can be seen here.

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Creating Competences for a Circular Economy