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Kids, families, teachers, entrepreneurs and companies embark on a 7 day learning journey and collaborate to advance the circular economy.

7DaysCircular

Marker Hoofddorp, Netherlands
7DaysCircular is an interactive learning journey. The programme is unique to every school, co-created with teachers, entrepreneurs and companies to connect the school’s objectives to the real life context of a circular economy. Kids are provided with skills and tools to work on their team challenge throughout the week, increasing their awareness and social, creative and entrepreneurial skills.
Introduction

Kids need to learn about circular economy now!

“To accelerate the transition to a circular economy and create real momentum, involving children is key. I believe kids are idealist by nature and enjoy helping and creating when they get the chance.”

Rieta Aliredjo, Initiator 7DaysCircular and Founder Stars Are Circular Foundation

Why Circular Economy?

We live in a system of take-make-waste, which doesn’t account for the finite amount of resources and overloads the regenerative capacity of the earth. Climate change, which is hard to deny nowadays, enlarges the differences between those that can escape the consequences of this system and those who have no choice but to bear them.

Sooner or later, it touches us all! 

It’s time for all of us to intervene and accelerate the transition from a lineair to a circular economy. 

Kids matter in the circular economy

Empowering kids to learn about, care for and participate in the circular economy is key for the transition to a circular economy. Not just because they are the future but also because they are influential within family dynamics in the present. 

With the goals and targets set by governments and corporates as illustrated by the SDG's we will need to involve the age demographic that will be responsible for a large part of tomorrow's consumption and production, today!

Learning by doing with 7DaysCircular

7DaysCircular is project week about circular economy for primary and secondary education. Specific to each school (it's objectives, resources and the age of the kids participating in the programme) a tailor made curriculum is developed to introduce kids to the need for and principles of a circular economy. 

The circular economy comes to live because the kids get to experience how the outside world is already working towards a circular economy by company visits and entrepreneurs with innovative circular activities showcase their business and act as role models. Finally the kids get to put the skills and tools they get throughout the week into practice by working in teams on their own circular challenge.

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Intended Outcomes
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6 - 14
Age Group
2017
Established
Resources Needed
Project / programme manager (internal or external, preferably both) Lesson plans available on http://7dayscircular.org/ for a basic pre-developed model. Or tailor made with co-creation sessions. Connections with local companies working on circular economy for company visits. Connections with local entrepreneurs for guest lectures / workshops
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Shine! Exhibition and Award show
Visiting the municipality of Haarlemmermeer
The puzzle of circularity
What can you make with a broken umbrella?
Prepping for the largest 7DaysCircular so far!
The wastetransformers
How to collaborate?
Exploring minimalism and circularity with a tiny house prototype

Steps

Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

01
Visit our Website and Contact Us
If you are a teacher you can visit the lesson menu on our website to see our collection of lesson plans. We hope to grow these resources with every additional project that we do. The plans our free to download and use under a creative commons 4.0 licence, no account required.
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Become a Connector
As a connector you are the programme and project manager for the school, helping out with funding if needed and connecting the school with other stakeholders.
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Co-Create and Help Spread the Message
Make sure to connect with us, if you, like we, feel the circular and doughnut economy is an important message to share with our kids. In our view it is the only way to make this new economy, the new normal.
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